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Female Tennis Player Punished For Taking Top Off At US Open Sparks Outrage

female tennis player punished for taking top off at us open sparks outrage
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Yes, we still live in a society where even a bra is an insult... French tennis player Alize Cornet faces controversy from US Open officials after taking off her top on court.

To be fair, it's not like she had a master plan. She merely noticed that she put it on the wrong way around. Someone should remind these officials that men are parading half-naked all the time on the court.

Someone should update WTA guidelines

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WTA regulations are clear: women cannot change their clothes while on the court. But there are no rules for male players.

female tennis player punished for taking top off at us open sparks outrage
female tennis player punished for taking top off at us open sparks outrage

Both genders can take 10-minute breaks. While Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were showing their abs, Cornet caused quite a stir.

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Alize Cornet was handed a code violation in her opening-round loss to Johanna Larsson for taking her shirt off, and women all over the world are furious.

Former Great Britain FedEx cup captain Judy Murray is one of the angry ladies. She said on Twitter:

Alize Cornet came back to court after a 10-minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of the court. Got a code violation. Unsportsmanlike conduct…. But the men can change shirts on the court.

Yes, even Andy Murray's mom gets it, so what are we waiting for? Where are the new rules?

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A new series will follow discrimination against women in sports

Former Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua labeled the incident 'ridiculous.' American player Bethanie Mattek-Sands called it 'weak.'

female tennis player punished for taking top off at us open sparks outrage
female tennis player punished for taking top off at us open sparks outrage
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Cornet is number 33 on the Women's Tennis Association list, but she managed to inspire Judy Murray to create a new series. And it will focus solely on the discrimination women face in professional sport.

Before this incident, Serena Williams, one of the best tennis players, was banned by French Open officials from wearing her standard black catsuit.

Gentle reminder: these ladies are world-class sports champions, and they should not be judged on their looks. Or for their clothing choices!

As long as the ladies are not naked (Cornet had a bra on), why not let them be? Sexism, misogyny, these things should be left in the past. Let's move onto better things and even better tennis!