U.S. Open tennis officials backtracked after a chair umpire on Tuesday issued a code violation to Alizé Cornet for changing her shirt on court after the French player realized she had been wearing it inside out.
After returning to the court and realising it was on backwards, Cornet pulled it off and promptly put it on the right way. By doing that, Cornet's red-and-black sports bra was briefly exposed.
"When possible, if a more private location is near a court and is requested, that player will be allowed to go to that private location to change, and they will not be assessed a bathroom break".
After two hours and 24 minutes, Cornet finally lost the match to Larsson 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2. Andy Murray's mother Judy was quick to accuse the chair umpire of sexism on Twitter.
Alize Cornet of France hits a shot against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA.
The decision has been called "totally sexist".
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The WTA has not commented on Cornet's code violation. "We regret that Ms. Cornet was assessed a code violation".
The code violation was technically a warning, so she didn't lose any points, but the 28-year-old was obviously confused by the decision - shaking her head and smirking in a "can you believe this?" way. It was so sweltering at the USA that the heat rule was in effect, permitting players to take 10-minutes breaks to try to cool off and drink water after their second sets. "Men change their shirts on court all the time. that's ridiculous!" another fan tweeted.
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.
"Unsportsmanlike conduct. but the men can change shirts on court".
Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat. Luckily, she was only given a warning with no other penalty involved.
The United States Tennis Association implemented the 10-minute break for players for safety precaution.
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