US Open in sexism storm after female player penalised for removing shirt

Alize Cornet receives code violation for removing her shirt

Tennis star slapped with code violation after changing shirt on court

"This is not considered a code violation", organisers said.

The US Open issued a statement Wednesday clarifying the rule and expressing regret for what happened to Cornet. We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward.

'Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine.

The fact that the player was punished, while male competitors have swapped shirts freely in the searing heat, was picked up on by many online - including Judy Murray, the mother of men's star Andy Murray. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

Realising that her shirt was on back to front when she returned from her ten-minute "heat rule" break following the second set of her match with Johanna Larsson, Cornet swiftly took it off and put it on correctly. She realized that her shirt was on backwards, then took it off with the sole intention of fixing her mistake.

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French world No 31 Alize Cornet was accused of "unsportsmanlike behaviour" after she briefly took off her shirt, exposing her sports bra, when she saw it was on back-to-front.

A female tennis player, Alizé Cornet, was hit with a code violation for changing her top on court. That's when, standing behind a baseline, Cornet pulled off her shirt and put it back on the right way. She quickly changed it on court.

The USTA has since said it is not a violation for players to change attire during the match, regardless of gender.

While Bethanie Mattek-Sands labelled it "weak", Casey Dellaqua called it "ridiculous".

"Alize did nothing wrong", the WTA said in a statement.

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A second added: "So, hold on".

Due to the sweltering conditions at the tournament this year - tops of 38 degrees Celsius - players are offered a longer than usual 10-minute break as a reprieve from the heat.

Cornet lost the match to world No.81 Larsson 4-6 6-3 6-2, but returns to action in the doubles with her next match Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).

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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.

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