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    US Open Under Fire as Tennis Ace Penalized for Taking Her Top Off During Match

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    After the French player Alize Cornet gave everyone a glimpse of her sports bra between points as she decided to redress, the ace was hit with a code violation. This triggered a storm of sexism accusations in social media as many users noted that men often get away with such stunts.

    The US Open match between Alize Cornet and Johanna Larsson triggered online debates because of the decision of a chair umpire.  Everything happened when the players got back after extra-break, which was given because of the extreme 35C heat in New York, where the tournament takes place.

    When Cornet, who presumably changed during the pause, got on court she found out that her top was on backwards, and she decided to amend the mistake between points; she took the top off, showing off her sports-bra, and put it on the right way.

    ​For her act, which lasted around 15 seconds, the chair umpire punished her for a code violation. The decision triggered an uproar on social media, as some described it ridiculous, unfair and sexist.

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    Even the mom of prominent ace Andy Murray rooted for the French player.

    ​However some got on the ref referee’s side and stated the case has nothing to do with her being a woman.

    ​Apart from this incident, Cornet, who lost to the Swede, had difficulties because of the heat, complaining to doctors about nausea.


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