x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Causing a commotion by supporting Africa

True colours The springboard to triumph was clearly the homage Serena Williams paid to Cameroon in the early rounds at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams dressing to impress Cameroon fans.
Serena Williams dressing to impress Cameroon fans.

In 2002, Senegal shocked many by beating the defending champions France in the opening game of the World Cup. A possible sign of things to come emerged through the dusty clay in Paris a month earlier when another African country's footballing colours took the French capital by storm - step forward Serena Williams.

At Roland Garros the American bopped and bashed her way to the first of four consecutive grand slam successes, each of which was achieved at the expense of older sister Venus. The springboard to such triumph was clearly the homage Serena paid to Cameroon in the early rounds in France, donning a green dress with red shorts and knee-high yellow socks (with matching green and yellow trainers). Sadly Serena's sartorial selection was less a tribute to Cameroon and more the work of her kit supplier, who also provided togs for the African side.

Her knowledge of the men who wore green and yellow on the football pitch was also limited."I saw them win the Olympics when I was in Sydney so I'm supporting them," she explained."I don't know any of the players." She was not allowed to put the number 26 (the day of the month she was born) on the back of her outfit. Surely 6-0 would have been more appropriate.