US Open accused of sexism over player baring her bra

Alize Cornet receives code violation for removing her shirt

A U.S. Open official is coming under fire for punishing French tennis star Alizé Cornet with a code violation after she briefly took her shirt off while on the court.

When 28-year-old Cornet returned from a 10-minute heat break in NY she realised her shirt was back-to-front and walked to the back of the court to pull off and adjust her top, briefly exposing her sports bra.

Turning her back to the cameras, she quickly re-adjusted her outfit at the back of the court, showing a glimpse of her black sports bra.

The chair umpire then gave her a code violation for removing her shirt on the court.

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

Amongst those angered by the violation were tennis coach (and Andy's mum) Judy Murray as well as former player Casey Dellacqua. Rask clarified that it was because she was not allowed to take her shirt off on court.

In a match against Swedish Johanna Larson, French tennis player Aliza Cornet used the break to change into a new shirt.

Twitter users took to social media to express their fury after Cornet's punishment - calling the rule "ridiculous" and "sexist". This code violation came under the Grand Slam rules and we are pleased to see the USTA has now changed this policy. As she stood behind the baseline, she realized that she'd put her shirt on backwards. Got a code violation.

"All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair". She was given no further penalty or fine.

The USTA has since said it is not a violation for players to change attire during the match, regardless of gender. Changed at back of court.

Responding to the criticism, the Women's Tennis Association said in a statement Cornet had not breached any of their rules.

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. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

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