Tennis star slapped with code violation after changing shirt on court

Serena Williams catsuit has been banned from the French Open

French world number 31 Alize Cornet was given a code violation for taking her shirt off on court during her US Open first-round defeat by Johanna Larsson.

The French player, who was facing Swedish star Johanna Larsson in NY, was heading back to the court after a short "heat break" due to sweltering temperatures, when she appeared to notice that her top was on back-to-front.

In the 10 seconds or so this took, her black sports bra was briefly revealed from behind - hardly racy, right?

The umpire, Christian Rask, immediately hit her with a code violation.

Amongst those angered by the violation were tennis coach (and Andy's mum) Judy Murray as well as former player Casey Dellacqua.

The Frenchwoman, ranked 31st, protested but the umpire explained that the regulation did not allow her to take off her shirt in the middle of a game.

And the call has sparked a barrage of criticism on social media.

Novak Djokovic went unpunished when he removed his shirt completely on the same day Cornet was slapped with the code violation. "Back in the old days, our wrists and our ankles couldn't be shown", she said in an interview with NY magazine's The Cut on Tuesday.

The code violation was technically a warning, so she didn't lose any points, but the 28-year-old was obviously confused by the decision - shaking her head and smirking in a "can you believe this?" way.

"We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward".

Alize Cornet took a few seconds to turn around her shirt which she realised it was on back to front.

Players must respect strict rules of conduct set by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) while on court.

The decision to punish Cornet for changing on court was wildly rebuked on Twitter, with Judy Murray - mother of 2012 US Open victor Andy Murray - claiming there are double standards at play. However, luckily, she was assessed a warning only and there was no further penalty above a warning. "Men change their shirts on court all the time. that's ridiculous!" another fan tweeted. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat.

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