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U.S. Open clarifies changing shirt rule after controversial Cornet penalty

French tennis players Alize Cornet has been issued a code violation for taking off her top at the US Open French tennis players Alize Cornet has been issued a code violation for taking off her top at the US Open
Noah Ferguson | 29 August, 2018, 21:23

Amid the intense heat in New York, WTA players are permitted to take a 10-minute break off court if their match heads into a deciding set.

The chair umpire's decision has drawn sharp criticism on social media.

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. Changed at back of court. "Unsportsmanlike conduct. But the men can change shirts on court".

Alize Cornet of France hits a shot against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA.

A U.S. Open official is coming under fire for punishing French tennis star Alizé Cornet with a code violation after she briefly took her shirt off while on the court.

Cornet quickly switched the top around standing behind the baseline and was astonished to be given a code violation by the umpire.

Cornet went on to lose the match on the tennis court to Larsson, though she may have won in the court of public sentiment.

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

"We regret that a code violation was assessed to Miss Cornet yesterday".

"Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available".

Retired Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua responded to Murray's tweet, writing, "Ridiculous". This is not considered a Code Violation.

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".

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

This latest blatant instance of sexism in tennis comes less than a month after the President of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Guidicelli, chose to ban Serena Williams' powerful catsuit outfit, deeming it "disrespectful" to the sport of tennis. The French player went down to Larsson 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the match Tuesday.

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