The US Open says it "regrets" Alize Cornet receiving a code violation for taking her shirt off and switching it around on court. Instead of running to the women's locker room, Cornet took off her shirt in public and then put it on the right way. She quickly pulled up her pink striped top and turned away from the court cameras as she took it off, showing her black and red sports bra underneath.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the US Open said all players can change their shirts while sititng in the player chair and that this does not constitute a violation.
'Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available.
Cornet went on to lose the match to Larsson in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.
Judy Murray, mother of British tennis player Andy Murray and former Great Britain Fed Cup captain suggested the sanction was sexist. While former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic once changed her undies on court, Dominika Cibulkova nearly took her top off before being asked not to do so.
Male players had a break at the end of the third set if the match was to continue.
Others were quick to point out the unfair gender split, with one person posting: "Busted for code violation Alize Cornet took 10 sec to turn top right way but Novac Djokovic can sit for minutes half-naked".
"Had her fresh shirt on back to front".
Said another critic on Twitter: "Busted for code violation".
"We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Men change their shirts on court all the time. that's ridiculous!" another fan tweeted.
This latest blatant instance of sexism in tennis comes less than a month after the President of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Guidicelli, made a decision to ban Serena Williams' powerful catsuit outfit, deeming it "disrespectful" to the sport of tennis.
"All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".
Players must respect strict rules of conduct set by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) while on court. She was given no further penalty or fine. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.
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