US Open Slammed After Female Player Is Punished For Taking Off Shirt


Cornet was hit with the violation after returning to court from a 10-minute "heat rule" break between sets, as temperatures approached 100F (38C) in NY.

As Cornet, 28, was walking back on court, she realized her pink-striped shirt was on backward and took it off to reveal a black sports bra, before quickly putting it back on the right way.

She was about to resume the game, and took it off immediately to put it back on correctly, however, at that time, the match referee applied a warning for misconduct.

The Women's Tennis Association - founded by Billie Jean King in the early '70s - demands women change their shirts off court, in the "most private location".

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Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray, a tennis coach in her own right, claimed there are double standards at play. After changing into this shirt she was given a code violation for the on-court wardrobe change.

Cornet was in the tournament against Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson.

A clearly perplexed Cornet challenged Rask on his decision, asking why she was getting a violation. We regret that a code violation was assessed to Ms Cornet yesterday. "Back in the old days, our wrists and our ankles couldn't be shown", she said in an interview with NY magazine's The Cut on Tuesday.

Said another critic on Twitter: "Busted for code violation".

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U.S. Open officials issued a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the penalty, saying Cornet's attire change was not a code violation.

"We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward".

Because of the super high temperatures at the tournament - going up to 38°C - an extreme heat policy was implemented, offering a ten-minute break for women before the third set, and for men before the fourth.

WTA rules state women are not allowed to change while on the court, according to the Daily Mail. "The men can change shirts on court", she tweeted.

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Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance'.