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1:22, 30 August 2018

WTA criticises French tennis star shirt warning

WTA criticises French tennis star shirt warning

Alize Cornet

2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Reside radio coverage on BBC Radio five reside sports extra reside text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

The WTA has criticised US Open rules which saw French world number 31 Alize Cornet given a code violation for taking her shirt off on court.

Cornet changed her shirt during the break between the second and third sets during her 1st-round defeat by Johanna Larsson, but realised it was back-to-front and switched it on court.

But the chair umpire gave her a warning – a selection the WTA known as “unfair”.

US Open organisers stated they “regret” that Cornet was given a code violation.

A WTA statement mentioned the umpire’s ruling “was not primarily based on a WTA rule, as the WTA has no rule against a modify of attire on court” and added that “Alize did absolutely nothing wrong”.

Cornet, 28, lost 6-4 3-6 2-6 to Sweden’s Larsson in the searing New York heat.

In a statement, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), which organises the US Open stated: “All players can modify their shirts when sitting in the player chair. This is not considered a code violation.

“We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no additional penalty or fine.

“Female players, if they decide on, could also change their shirts in a far more private place close to the court, when offered. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.”

On Tuesday, temperatures close to 38C (100F) at Flushing Meadows had been made a lot more stifling by humidity levels of much more than 50%, with five male players forced to retire due to the fact of heat-related issues.

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

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Published at Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:30:43 +0000

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