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Thursday 30 Aug 2018 01.02 PM

US Open apologies to Alize Cornet over 'shirt change'

US open, Alize Cornet, Shirt change

The US Tennis Association (USTA) has acknowledged that a chair umpire incorrectly warned French player Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court at the US Open the latest example in recent days of ways in which men and women are treated differently in tennis. Off court during a 10-minute indoor break because of excessive heat during Tuesday's first-round match, Cornet changed out of her sweat-soaked outfit.

She rushed to get dressed before play resumed, she said, and put her top on backward, but didn't realize there was a problem until her boyfriend pointed it out. That's when, standing behind a baseline, Cornet pulled off her shirt and put it back on the right way.

Chair umpire Christian Rask then admonished Cornet during her 4-6 6-3 6-2 loss to Sweden's Johanna Larsson. "Of course, I was surprised when I just changed (the) T-shirt really quick, and he gave me the code violation," Cornet said at a news conference yesterday.

"I didn't expect it, and I told him it was pretty weird." The USTA seemed to agree. "We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine," read a statement from the USTA, which runs the US Open. PTI

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