FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY (RNN) - The U.S. Open is being criticized for its decision to penalize a female tennis player for briefly taking off her shirt on Tuesday.
Alize Cornet, No. 31 in the world, had changed her shirt between the second and third sets but didn't realize she had put it on backwards. She quickly removed the shirt to fix the error, drawing a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct from the umpire.
Cornet was visibly shocked by the call.
Alize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of court. Got a code violation. Unsportsmanlike conduct..... ??
But the men can change shirts on court. https://t.co/sCN4KDXYTb
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) August 28, 2018
The French tennis player ended up losing to Sweden's Johanna Larsen, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Cornet's violation happened during an extremely hot tennis tournament. With temperatures rising to nearly 100 degrees, the U.S. Open organizers implemented an extreme heat policy mandating a 10-minute break between sets two and three.
Alize Cornet given a code violation for briefly removing her top because it was on backwards (wearing a sports bra underneath, no less).
Sure! Great! Logical! Fair! pic.twitter.com/IyL4ZGS3UA
— christina riley (@_cmarier) August 29, 2018
The code violation comes after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli banned the skin-tight suit Serena Williams wore at the French Open last year, described in the press as a "catsuit."
In announcing a dress code for the French Open, he told Tennis Magazine that her outfit "will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place."
Williams, who has had blood clot issues after the birth of her child, wore the suit for health reasons but said she will not wear it again.
Giudicelli's ban drew the ire of many, including tennis icon Billie Jean King, who said in part, "The policing of women's bodies must end."
The policing of women’s bodies must end. The “respect” that’s needed is for the exceptional talent ?@serenawilliams? brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies. https://t.co/ioyP9VTCxM
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) August 25, 2018
King said the rule that Cornet violated was "outdated and impractical."
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) August 29, 2018
At the U.S. Open, Williams opted to wear a tutu-type outfit.
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