The US Open has been accused of sexism after a female tennis player was slapped with a code violation for changing her top in the middle of a match

  • The US Open is under fire for sexism.
  • A female tennis player, Alizé Cornet, was hit with a code violation for changing her top on court.
  • Male athlete Novak Djokovic removed his shirt in a separate match and sat completely topless between games, but was left unpunished.
  • Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray, a tennis coach in her own right, claimed there are double standards at play.
  • The decision has been called "totally sexist."

 

The US Open has been accused of sexism after a male umpire punished a female tennis player for something men frequently do without fear of sanctions.

It all began during a Round of 128 match on Tuesday, when French player Alizé Cornet played Swedish star Johanna Larsson on Court 13 at Flushing Meadows.

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.

Cornet then changed on the court, temporarily exposing her black sports bra — and was slapped with a code violation by the male umpire.

The decision to punish Cornet for changing on court was wildly rebuked on Twitter, with Judy Murray — mother of 2012 US Open winner Andy Murray — claiming there are double standards at play.

Murray said: "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 change shirts on court."

Indeed, Novak Djokovic went unpunished when he removed his shirt completely on the same day Cornet received her warning.

During Djokovic's match with Marton Fucsovics, which he won three sets to one, the players — like Cornet and Larsson — were permitted a 10-minute respite from the heat.

Djokovic struggled in the soaring temperatures, removed his shirt, and toweled himself down at one point during the game.


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Cornet's treatment is a stark contrast to Djokovic's, and Fox 35 Good Day Anchor Bob Frier believes this is "totally sexist."

In a tweet published on Wednesday, Frier said: "Totally sexist! US Open umpire hits French player with a code violation after she quickly turns her shirt around because it was on backward. Male players do it… and she was covered the whole time. Sorry, but that's wrong."

WTA rules state women are not allowed to change while on the court, according to the Daily Mail. But there is no rule for men.

This is not the first time a major tennis tournament has attracted headlines for the way it treats its female athletes.

Just last week, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was told by the French Open president that she would never be allowed to wear her "Black Panther"-style catsuit at the tournament again.

Bernard Giudicelli implied her outfit did not show respect for the game or the competition.

Many feel it would have never happened if Williams was not a black woman.

Cornet lost her Round of 128 match by two sets to one, but will remain at the US Open as she is scheduled to compete in a doubles match with Romanian partner Irina Bara.

They take on Russian player Vera Zvonareva and Swiss star Timea Bacsinszky on Court 14 at 13.35 local time.

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FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic serves the ball during her women's singles first round match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against David Ferrer (not seen) of Spain during US Open 2018 tournament in Flushing, New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against David Ferrer (not seen) of Spain during US Open 2018 tournament in Flushing, New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow NY (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : Kevin Anderson of South Africa plays against Ryan Harrison (not seen) of USA during their 128 round match at the US Open in Court 17 in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : British tennis player Andy Murray reacts after winning against James Duckworth (not seen) of Australia during US Open tennis tournament match at the Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : Venus Williams of USA in action during her first-round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova (unseen) of Russia at the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates the point during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the opening night performance by singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Patty Schnyder of Switzerland (off frame) during their 2018 US Open women's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Madison Keys of US falls down after hitting a return to Pauline Parmentier (out of frame) of France during their 2018 US Open women's match in New York on August 28, 2018. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Gael Monfils of France returns the ball during his men's singles first round match against Facundo Bagnis of Argentina on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary during their 2018 US Open men's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
The taped hand of Rafael Nadal of Spain is seen as he prepares to serve to David Ferrer of Spain during their 2018 US Open men's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. - World number one and defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent his close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first round match with an injury. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during their 2018 US Open women's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US gets ready for Magda Linette of Poland serve during their 2018 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball during the men's singles fourth round match against Jaoa Sousa of Portugal on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus serves during the women's singles fourth round match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Serena Williams of The United States returns the ball during her women's singles fourth round match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Day Seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during the men's singles fourth round match against Jaoa Sousa of Portugal on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Sloane Stephens of the United States celebrates victory during her women's singles third round match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during his men's singles third round match against Karen Khachanov of Russia on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory following her women's singles semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day Eleven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates her victory over Madison Keys of the US after their 2018 US Open women's singles semi-finals tennis match on September 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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