Whether on court or front row, Serena Williams is a dedicated follower of fashion.
And shes convinced that what shes wearing gives her a psychological boost when shes playing. Its really important for my outfits to be really comfortable, but at the same time look really fashion-forward and really classic,' she told us.
Saying that, her favourite tennis look from the ages was influenced by the 80s style of Andre Agassi: I wore a jean skirt once, influenced by Andre Agassi. I dont know whether it was the 80s or the early 90s, but he wore these jean shorts and it was so cool. So I took that as inspiration and said, lets do this skirt!
The 80s have a fan in Serena: her old workout playlist was jammed with disco tunes by Irene Cara and duo Hall & Oates. But shes joining the 21
Im now working on a modern hip-hop version so Ive got some 2Chainz and some Wiz Khalifa,' she explained. 'Im trying to become a bit more modern, to get out of the 80s!
And, since shes a big fan of Rihanna, she admits to being 'so excited' when it was announced that the ELLE cover star had created a collection for the high street brand.
For Williams, summer is all about tennis, but when she finally gets a break from serving aces, shell be heading home to hang out with dogs Jackie, Lorelei and Chip.
We hang out all day. Chip loves to play fetch. I love Chip so much. The older ones dont think that theyre dogs, so they just hang around.
Serena actually arrived in London earlier this week to see some of the mens shows she was spotted at Burberry and says shes a huge admirer of Christopher Bailey. I think hes a wonderful, wonderful designer and I think Burberrys come such a long way,' she said. 'Its just fabulous.
She thinks the London Collections: Men has a lot of potential to grow worldwide mainly because like us, she was coveting the mens separates. I wasnt sure if that was a good or bad thing! she laughs.
When not scouting for androgynous basics, Serena likes a lot of French designers. I like Azzedine Alaïa: I love the fabrics he uses, I love the cuts.
Her last word on LC:M? I liked Burberrys murses. Thats man-purses to you and I.
Serena Williams: tennis pro and fluent speaker of fashion.