US Open Slammed After Female Player Is Punished For Taking Off Shirt

On Wednesday, French tennis player Alizé Cornet walked onto the court of the U.S. Open and realized that her shirt was on backwards.

Cornet changed her shirt during a 10-minute break before the deciding third set of her first round match in NY, but on returning to court in the match against Swede Johanna Larsson, she realised it was on back to front. Instead of running to the women's locker room, Cornet took off her shirt in public and then put it on the right way.

Alternatively, it's possible she just didn't care about a couple of randos seeing her in a sports bra.

She lost the match to world No.81 Larsson 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

Male players are often seen swapping their shirts when taking a seat at the change of ends, with the umpire's permission.

A 10-minute heat break had been called as conditions reached sweltering point but, when play resumed, Cornet realised she was wearing her top the wrong way round.

The chair umpire's decision has drawn sharp criticism on social media. Got a code violation. "We regret that Ms. Cornet was assessed a code violation. Back in the old days, our wrists and our ankles couldn't be shown", she said in an interview with NY magazine's The Cut on Tuesday. This is not considered a Code Violation.

Due to the extreme heat at the tournament in NY - with temperatures reaching 38 degrees - female players were given a ten-minute break during the second set on Tuesday.

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

The controversy came days after the French Open said it would implement stricter rules governing players' attire, singling out the black "cat suit" American Serena Williams wore at the tournament this year. "But the men can change their shirts on court", she wrote on Twitter. Changed at back of court.

Cornet, who was playing in a doubles match Wednesday, was given no further penalty or fine.

The extreme heat policy allows female tennis players a 10-minute break before the third set begins with temperatures at Flushing Meadows touching 38C. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

A U.S. Open statement read, "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".