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US Open clarifies changing shirt rule after Cornet penalty

She was about to resume the game, and took it off immediately to put it back on correctly, however, at that time, the match referee applied a warning for misconduct. The switch took about ten seconds, long enough...

Seems simple enough, right?

But the chair umpire, Christian Rask, found the move in violation of the rules and punished Cornet with a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. When asked if men and women in tennis are treated differently, she didn't hesitate in saying yes. Or why no male player has ever been penalised for changing their shirts during matches?

Cornet took advantage of the rule during her match with Sweden's Johanna Larsson and opted to change her outfit off court.

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Amongst those angered by the violation were tennis coach (and Andy's mum) Judy Murray as well as former player Casey Dellacqua. Novak can take his shirt off because of extreme heat & that's OK. "So when I went out for the 10-minute break and I had to run back because I was late for the beginning of the third set, I just put my t-shirt super fast, and I didn't see that it was the wrong way".

"If I would say my true feelings, it would be bleeped out, because I think it was ridiculous", two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka said after her match on Wednesday. In men's sports, it is rampant, exected and nearly glorified. She wore a tutu and compression fishnets to her opening round at the US Open. Numerous NFL players, like Adrian Peterson, Michael Vick and Ray Lewis, have weathered controversies over child abuse, dog fighting and even a murder case, returning to multi-million dollar contracts and, in the case of Lewis, being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains the highest paid athlete in the world, cashing in hundreds of millions of dollars for a single fight, despite repeated domestic abuse charges.

The player and the organisers of the tournament are yet to comment.

US Open umpire hits French player with a code violation after she quickly turns her shirt around because it was on backward. Officials said all players - regardless of gender - would be able to change their shirts in their chairs on court going forward. "Alize did nothing wrong".

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The USTA, too, has now released a statement in the hopes of clarifying the situation.

The clarification came after leading figures in the sport accused officials of double standards as top male players regularly remove their shirts in view of the crowd.

Said another critic on Twitter: "Busted for code violation".

The US Open issued a statement Wednesday clarifying the rule and expressing regret for what happened to Cornet.

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