A US Open official was criticized after French tennis star Alizé Cornet was hit with a code violation on Tuesday after briefly removing her shirt during a match.
Cornet, 28, fought Swedish tennis star Johanna Larsson's US Open at Flushing Meadows, NY as the two athletes made a compulsory break due to the muggy weather. When Cornet stepped back into the square, she noticed that her shirt was behind, causing her to turn around quickly, take off her top to show off a black sports bra before she laid the shirt on the right track ready to go when referee Christian Rask beat her with the penalty. Then she saw her desperately roll up her hands after receiving the punishment.
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The Rules of the Women's Tennis Association states that "medically recognized dress changes by female players must be performed outside the court at the most private place" ABC News Australia reported. However, social media users pointed out that male tennis players often change clothes during the games, including Novak Djokovic, who took off his shirt during an ice bath on Tuesday.
Judy Murray, the dam of former US Open winner Andy Murray, tweeted, "Alizé Cornet came back to court after a 10-minute heat break, got her fresh shirt on the backside, changed to the court, had a code violation. But the men can change their shirts to court. "
" For Code violation, Alizé Cornet took 10 seconds to go to the top right, but Novak Djokovic can sit half naked for minutes. "Same comp. A few days after Serena Williams [was] was accused of disobeying tennis for not wearing a #catsuit Not fair – not okay Tell your daughters, "tweeted another person.
The tennis world recently made headlines after the president of the French Tennis Federation told Tennis Magazine that the outfit Williams was wearing in Paris this year would not be accepted anymore. Williams wore the outfit she named her "Wakanda-inspired catsuit" and referred to the fictional nation in the movie "Black Panther."
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The full length leggings were for health reasons, she said. In her first grand slam tournament since her daughter's birth on September 1, the suit was a precautionary measure after being associated with blood clots. A number of tennis stars, including Billie Jean King and Andy Roddick, criticized the decision to ban Williams & # 39; outfit.
Cornet lost the first-round match against Larsson, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.