The code violation handed to French women's tennis player Alize Cornet for taking off her shirt on court at the US Open has been dismissed by tournament officials after it sparked outrage and claims of sexism. Cornet had taken a break and returned to the court before realizing she had her shirt on backwards.
Male tennis players can change on the court as often as they'd like.
Cornet, 28, went down to a three-set defeat 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 to her Swedish opponent.
Rtired Australian star Casey Dellacqua tweeted it was "ridiculous" and coach Judy Murray, who is mother of former world No.1 Andy Murray, also took aim on Twitter, pointing out men were allowed to change their shirts on court.
Afterwards, social media users called the punishment "sexist". Got a code violation.
Novak Djokovic went unpunished when he removed his shirt completely on the same day Cornet was slapped with the code violation. Cornet changed her shirt between the second and third sets. 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.
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"We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward".
Male players frequently change or remove their shirts between games and sometimes sit shirtless for extended periods of time in their chairs during changeovers.
The USTA has since said it is not a violation for players to change attire during the match, regardless of gender.
The tournament was blasted for double standards over the incident, especially as it came just days after the French Open said it would ban Serena Williams from wearing her "Black Panther" bodysuit again at Roland Garros. Changed at back of court. However, luckily, she was assessed a warning only and there was no further penalty above a warning.
Players must respect strict rules of conduct set by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) while on court. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance'.