A Woman Tennis Player Was Penalized For Fixing Her Shirt During A Match At The US Open

A French tennis player was slapped with a violation at the US Open on Tuesday for taking off her shirt to readjust it while on the court.

The tournament, held in Queens, New York, has been plagued by an unrelenting heat wave with temperatures soaring upward of 96 degrees Tuesday, with a heat index making it feel like over 100 degrees at times.

The players were given a 10-minute break to cool off and rehydrate, during which Alizé Cornet put on a fresh shirt. When she returned to the court, she realized her shirt was on backward. She quickly took off the shirt and put it back on, prompting umpire Christian Rask to hit her with a code violation.

Women’s Tennis Association rules dictate that players may only remove shirts while off-court. No such rules apply to male players, who took their shirts off frequently Tuesday, to deal with the blistering heat.

Cornet, who played Swedish opponent Johanna Larsson, looked surprised at the penalty, which is handed out at the umpire’s discretion.

The decision follows the news from last week that Serena Williams will not be permitted to wear a black catsuit on the court at the French Open. The outfit had been specifically designed to help prevent blood clots and help her circulation, an ongoing condition she developed following a difficult childbirth.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said in an interview with Tennis Magazine that a dress code would be implemented at the French Open, disallowing the catsuit.

On Twitter, fans reacted to the double standards with outrage.

Some said that women just can’t win.

Others tweeted photos of shirtless male players.

Some pointed out that while Cornet discretely removed her top, male players change their tops frequently without penalty.

Cornet subsequently lost the match to Larsson 6–4, 3–6, and 2–6.

Several players retired from matches early due to the heat Tuesday, and more than 20 people in attendance required medical treatment.

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