U.S. Open Officials 'Regret' Penalty Given Woman Player For Shirt Change

U.S. Open Officials 'Regret' Penalty Given Woman Player For Shirt Change

Javier Howell
August 30, 2018

On Wednesday, French tennis player Alizé Cornet walked onto the court of the U.S. Open and realized that her shirt was on backwards.

When 28-year-old Cornet returned from a 10-minute heat break in NY she realised her shirt was back-to-front and walked to the back of the court to pull off and adjust her top, briefly exposing her sports bra.

She was about to resume the game, and took it off immediately to put it back on correctly, however, at that time, the match referee applied a warning for misconduct.

Umpire Christian Rask then charged her with a code violation, prompting necessary amounts of outrage.

Many people, including some of Cornet's fellow players, blasted the decision at the Grand Slam tournament in NY as sexist, given that male players regularly change shirts on the court.

Male players are often seen swapping their shirts when taking a seat at the change of ends, with the umpire's permission.

Casey Dellacqua, a former Australian tennis player, replied to Murray's tweet, writing: "Ridiculous".

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"Had her fresh shirt on back to front". To help stave off heat exhaustion, the tournament employs a 10-minute break after the second set for women and the third set for men.

"We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward". "The men can change shirts on court", she tweeted.

The WTA rulebook states that female players are not permitted to change attire while on court. Changed at back of court.

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

Per CBS News, only the Women's Tennis Association has a rule dictating where their players can and cannot take off their shirts. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

Just last week, officials at the French Open banned Serena Williams and other players from wearing at its future matches a black bodysuit inspired by the movie "Black Panther", which she wore at this year's tournament in May.