US Open 2018: World number 31 Alize Cornet given code violation for on-court shirt switch

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US Open 2018: World number 31 Alize Cornet given code violation for on-court shirt switch
Alize Cornet took her top off briefly after putting it on back-to-front
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

French world number 31 Alize Cornet was given a code violation for taking her shirt off on court during her US Open first-round defeat by Johanna Larsson.

Cornet changed her shirt during the break between the second and third sets, but realised it was back-to-front and quickly switched it on court.

But the chair umpire gave her a warning – despite male players being permitted to change their shirts on court.

Cornet lost 6-4 3-6 2-6 to Sweden’s Larsson in the searing New York heat.

On Tuesday, temperatures close to 38C (100F) at Flushing Meadows were made more stifling by humidity levels of more than 50%, with five male players forced to retire because of heat-related issues.

The Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) rules state female players are not permitted to change their clothing on court, and instead must do it in a dressing room.

Male players regularly change their shirts on court at the switch of ends.

Former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua called Cornet’s warning “ridiculous” while five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands said it was “weak”.

Former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray criticised the ruling as double standards
Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was pictured topless courtside during his opening US Open match

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