U.S. Open 2018: Tournament apologizes for Cornet's shirt-change code violation

Alize Cornet receives code violation for removing her shirt

The US Open was accused of sexism on Wednesday after French tennis player Alizé Cornet received an official warning for taking off her top on court to turn it the right way around.

Cornet briefly adjusted her shirt on court following a break between the second and third sets, after realizing it was on the wrong way round. She took off the top - revealing a sports-bra underneath - to quickly adjust her shirt to the correct position.

While they insist Cornet - who has not been hit with a further penalty or fine - should not have been handed a code violation, they pointed out that rules state that players are supposed to change their outfits when sitting in the player chair.

The WTA says "medically approved clothing changes of female players must be performed off court in the most private location".

She went on to lose the match 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Judy Murray, mother of Britain's former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray, noted the discrepancy between how men and women players are treated when it comes to on-court etiquette. She came back out to the court with her shirt on backwards.

Cornet was in the tournament against Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson.

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Members of the tennis community criticised the decision on social media.

A male umpire then assessed Cornet with the code violation.

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

Said another critic on Twitter: "Busted for code violation". An extreme heat policy was in effect during their match at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, allowing the players a 10-minute break between sets to cool off and hydrate.

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

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". "Men change their shirts on court all the time. that's ridiculous!" another fan tweeted.

On Tuesday, temperatures close to 38C (100F) at Flushing Meadows were made more stifling by humidity levels of over 50%, with five male players forced to retire due to heat-related issues. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance'.

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