The US Open was hit by a sexism controversy after punishing a female player for temporarily removing her top on the court. Alize Cornet was offended in her opening loss to Johanna Larsson because she took off her shirt after realizing that she had put it backwards.
The incident occurred on August 28, when the Frenchwoman returned to the court after 10 – a brief medical break that allowed players to cope with the oppressive New York heat.
Returning to court, the 28-year-old realized that her top was running backwards and was not returning to the locker room, and Cornet quickly turned away from the television cameras to remove her top and put her back on track.
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WTA Ranking No. 33 was visibly stunned by the decision that triggered a sexism dispute. Under WTA rules, female players are not allowed to change their outfit when on-court, but the Men's Circuit (ATP) does not have such a rule and male players often change their jerseys in court.
Earlier this week a group of male players, including Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, took off their shirts between sets to put on fresh tops to compensate for the extreme heat of New York.
The decision to punish Cornet was heavily criticized in social media. Judy Murray, the mother of former world number one and two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, tweeted a clip of the incident, highlighting the unequal treatment between men and women.
"Alize Cornet returned to court after 10 minutes of heat," she wrote on Twitter. "Did you have a fresh shirt on the back? Modified in court. Have a code violation. Unsporting Behavior … But the men can change their jerseys in court.
Former Australian player Casey Dellacqua also criticized the punishment and described it as "ridiculous" on Murray's tweet.
The incident comes only a week after the French The forbidden Serena Williams now wears her unique black catsuit -Outfit she wore this year.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner said she had worn the catsuit after giving birth to lethal clots her daughter had given birth last year she hoped the outfit would inspire mothers and make them feel like a "superhero."
Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, said the suit was "too far" and that tennis was more "respectful "earned
Williams had the last laugh when she put on a black tutu earlier this week in their first US Open victory. "I feel that if they know that some things are for health reasons, then it is impossible that they disagree," she told reporters. "I think it's alright, when it comes to fashion, you do not want to be a repeat offender."