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This female tennis player was penalized for removing her shirt

This female tennis player was penalized for removing her shirt

A female tennis player, Alizé Cornet, was hit with a code violation for changing her top on court.

The French player, who was facing Swedish star Johanna Larsson in NY, was heading back to the court after a short "heat break" due to sweltering temperatures, when she appeared to notice that her top was on back-to-front.

Cornet returned from a break in action during her match Tuesday with her shirt on backward.

In the 10 seconds or so this took, her black sports bra was briefly revealed from behind - hardly racy, right?

She was handed a code violation by umpire Christian Rask - which amounts to a warning - as WTA rules state female players are not allowed to change clothing on court, and must do so in the dressing room.

Cornet wound up losing the match 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray, a tennis coach in her own right, claimed there are double standards at play.

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

In a match against Swedish Johanna Larson, French tennis player Aliza Cornet used the break to change into a new shirt. This is not considered a Code Violation, ' the US Open said in a statement released this morning.

"We regret that a code violation was assessed to Miss Cornet yesterday".

Just before the set began, Cornet removed her shirt in order to put it on correctly. 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. Changed at back of court.

"All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".

The WTA said the code violation "was unfair and not based on a WTA rule, as the WTA has no rule against a change of attire on court".

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

Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat.

Responding to the criticism, the Women's Tennis Association said in a statement Cornet had not breached any of their rules. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance'.


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