U.S. Open 2018: Tournament apologizes for Cornet's shirt-change code violation

Thursday, 30 Aug, 2018

US Open officials have been accused of sexism after handing Alize Cornet a code violation for adjusting her shirt on court.

When she realised her mistake, Cornet walked towards the back of the court pulling off her top, briefly exposing her sports bra, before slipping it back on the right way round and drawing a code violation from Rask. "We regret that Ms. Cornet was assessed a code violation". This code violation came under the Grand Slam rules and we are pleased to see the USTA has now changed this policy.

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

Male players regularly change their shirts on court at the change of ends.

"Players who do change their shirts will not be assessed a code violation", US Open Director of Communications Chris Widmaier said Wednesday.

The WTA issued its own statement, calling the code violation "unfair" and suggesting that "Alize did nothing wrong". On the court, it often felt worse - 105 degrees inside Bille Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. with players changing between games and wearing ice bags around their necks.

Murray said: "Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break".

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

Former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua, who announced her retirement in April, said the decision was "ridiculous". "Back in the old days, our wrists and our ankles couldn't be shown", she said in an interview with NY magazine's The Cut on Tuesday. Serena Williams wore a Black Panther inspired in Paris this spring that helped the 23-time Grand Slam victor with preventing blood clots.

The competition has been hit with scorching temperatures this week, leading to a heat break policy being used for the heat and safety of competitors. There is no such rule for male players.

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

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).