US Open punishes female player for flashing sports bra on court

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US Open chiefs on Wednesday said they were wrong to sanction French player Alize Cornet for removing her shirt on court, an incident which saw the tournament accused of sexism and double standards.

Judy Murray, the mother of former US Open champion Andy Murray, said in a viral tweet: "Alize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break".

Many have been quick to call attention to the fact that male tennis players are often seen without their shirt off on the court.

Cornet went on to lose 6-4 3-6 2-6 to Larsson, who will go on to face fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the second round.

"Changed at back of court".

Cornet was in the tournament against Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson. She was wearing a sports bra underneath but Cornett was immediatly hit with a code violation for the act. "We regret that a Code Violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday". As she stood behind the baseline, she realized that she'd put her shirt on backwards.

Surprisingly, the umpire Christian Rask handed her a code violation, which drew heavy criticism from observers.

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Twitter user Alissa Warren tweeted a picture of Novak Djokovic topless on court, writing: "Busted for code violation [sic] #alizecornet took 10 sec to turn top right way but #novacdjokovic can sit for minutes half-naked".

According to the official Women's Tennis Association rulebook, a player is only allowed to change their clothes somewhere off of the court or during the end of a set, or during timeouts related to medical issues.

A statement read: "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".

The U.S. Open on Wednesday clarified its rules about players changing their shirts during a match after a women's player was penalized for doing so.

'Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine. Changed at back of court.

Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

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