WTA criticises French tennis star shirt warning
|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