US Open: sexism row erupts over Alizé Cornet penalised for changing top

US Open: sexism row erupts over Alizé Cornet penalised for changing top

The US Open is under fire for sexism.

She was handed a code violation by umpire Christian Rask - which amounts to a warning - as WTA rules state female players are not allowed to change clothing on court, and must do so in the dressing room. She quickly returned to play the game after receiving the violation.

The call has ignited fierce responses on social media, with many blasting the decision as sexist.

Technicality and rules aside, one thing is clear: it would have been less likely for Cornet to cop this violation if she had been a male.

Cornet had left the court to change into a new shirt between the second and third sets of an eventual loss to Johanna Larsson on Court 10.

Critics online were quick to call out the punitive action, pointing out that male tennis players frequently take their shirts off to cope with the oppressive heat with no consequences.

The switch took a matter of seconds and Cornet was wearing a sports bra underneath.

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'Got a code violation. "Unsportsmanlike conduct.... But the men can change shirts on court", tweeted former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray.

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". "We regret that Ms. Cornet was assessed a code violation".

Tennis player Alize Cornet exposed a double standard by taking off her shirt at the U.S. Open. Male players do it... and she was covered the whole time. "Sorry but that's just wrong".

'The WTA has always been and always will be a pioneer for women and women's sports.

This is not the first time a major tennis tournament has attracted headlines for the way it treats its female athletes.

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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