US Open Apologises: Alize Cornet Taking Off Shirt Penalty
Alize Cornet is a French professional tennis player. In her career, Cornet has won 6 singles and 3 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as 3 singles and 3 doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit.
Alize Cornet Penalized
when playing In the US Open for briefly removing her top on the court. The US Open hitted by this type of sexism controversy for the 1st time in the history of the tournament.
Alize Cornet penalized with a code violation in her opening game against Acer Johanna Larsson for taking her shirt off after realizing she had put it on backwards.
The incident happened on August 28. All players takes 10-minute medical break in the match due to the scorching summer heat of New York.
After returning from the break, she realized that she was wearing her shirt backwards. Instead of returning back to the locker room, Cornet quickly turned away from the cameras. She took her shirt off and put it back on the right side.
At that moment umpire, Danish Christian Rask penalized Cornet by awarding a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Cornet penalized as she had revealed the Sports Bra underneath her top while taking off her shirt.
This incident sparked a sexism row. Under World Tennis Association (WTA)rules, female players not allowed to change their outfit while on the court but the men’s circuit (ATP) contains no such rule and male players can change their shirts on court. This type of rule seems to be unfair where men’s said to be equal to women.
Cornet loses the match 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 to Johanna Larsson in the round of 64, as the shirt-incident made her lose all her concentration in the game.
The decision of penalizing Cornet criticized on the social media platforms by former tennis players, tennis experts. According to the experts, the rule should be the same for both men and women as this incident shown as a discrimination against women.
After This US Open Responds & Apologises
“We regret that a code violation was assessed to Ms Cornet,” the statement read. “We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward… Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.”