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

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

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

The French player Alizé Cornet was returning to her match against her Swedish rival, Johanna Larsson, following a break for the extreme heat, when she realised she had accidentally put her fresh shirt on back to front.

Not only that: the Women's Tennis Association handbook states that a player can change clothes during the end of a set. Williams said she had a good relationship with the French Open officials and that everything would be fine, but between that and the Cornet penalty, women's players are upset.

Cornet, world #31 seed, went on to lose her match against Larsson, #82, in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The US Open clarified their position on the "change of attire policy" on Wednesday morning, but it hasn't done much to change the minds of fans calling the code violation sexist.

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.

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

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Former world number one and two-timer major victor Victoria Azarenka said she was pleased the USTA had apologised.

USTA officials did not immediately respond to a request for further comment on the to-do over the shirt change or whether the chair umpire, Christian Rask, plans to apologize to Cornet. "Unsportsmanlike conduct. But the men change shirts on court".

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 have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward.

The Frenchwoman, ranked 31st, protested but the umpire explained that the regulation did not allow her to take off her shirt in the middle of a game.

In 2017, the men's ATP World Tour had prize money of US$197.7 million compared with US$139 million for the women's WTA Tour. Luckily, she was only given a warning with no other penalty involved. So the USTA instituted one Tuesday, when it felt like more than 100 degrees (40 Celsius) on court, offering them a 10-minute break before a match headed to a fourth set.

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