It is a very common sight in Tennis when a men's player remove their t-shirt, be it during the match or after the match. You would regularly see Rafael Nadal doing the same, when his body gets all sweaty. But what happens when a women's player decides to do the same? Well, the answer was given by the US Open officials.
In the ongoing edition of the Grand Slam, World No.31 Alize Cornet, for a brief moment, removed her t-shirt, before putting it back on during her first round match against Sweden's Johanna Larsson. The Frenchwomen had worn her t-shirt wrongly following a break. Upon realizing, she corrected her mistake, during which for a few seconds, her sports bra was exposed.
Her act did not go down well with the match official, who charged the player with a code violation. According to the rule book of WTA, a women's player is not allowed to change her clothing on the court. Though, the same does not apply for Men's tennis, where players are regularly seen removing their t-shirt, either to change, or to celebrate.
The on-watchers were least pleased with the officials for their antics. Many took to Twitter to express their displeasure and anger against this gender inequality.
And following the backlash received after this incident, the US Open have come out with an apology to the player. A statement released by them read, "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair. This is not considered a Code Violation.
"We regret that a Code Violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday. 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. Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance."