Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Female Tennis Player Removing Shirt at US Open Exposes Double Standard

Female Tennis Player Removing Shirt at US Open Exposes Double Standard

During her first-round match against Johanna Larsson on Tuesday, Cornet took a brief heat-break. When she returned, she noticed her shirt was on backward, prompting her to take it off and put it back on the correct way. What's more, Cornet was wearing a black and red sports bra - the kind many women wear to jog or work out.

The outfit shift earned her a code violation from umpire Christian Rask who branded her action "unsportsmanlike", saying she had violated the World Tennis Association's rules.

Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. Andy Murray's mother Judy was quick to accuse the chair umpire of sexism on Twitter. She came back out to the court with her shirt on backwards.

One such player was French national Alize Cornet.

"We regret that a code violation was assessed to Ms.Cornet". This is not considered a Code Violation.

Andy Murray's US Open under cloud after defeat in Cincinnati Winning US Open is unrealistic admits Andy MurrayAn extreme heat policy, offering female players the short break before the deciding third set can be played, was implemented on medical advice at the NY tournament after temperatures soared to 38C. Women were permitted a 10-minute break between the second and third sets, while men could take the same break between the third and fourth sets. Changed at back of court.

However, male players are freely allowed to swap shirts on court - and have done so during the searing heat and humidity that has affected this year's tournament at Flushing Meadows. Luckily, she was only given a warning with no other penalty involved.

"It was not based on a WTA rule, as the WTA has no rule against a change of attire on court", the ruling body said in a statement.

Temperatures reached the mid-90's this week at the tournament, resulting in a heat policy break being implemented. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

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