The U.S. Open has a lot of thoughts about tennis — and women’s boobs.
On Wednesday, French tennis player Alizé Cornet walked onto the court of the U.S. Open and realized that her shirt was on backwards. Instead of running to the women’s locker room, Cornet took off her shirt in public and then put it on the right way.
Umpire Christian Rask then charged her with a code violation, prompting necessary amounts of outrage.
At the time of the incident, temperatures at the U.S. Open in New York hovered in the mid-nineties. It’s possible that Cornet didn’t want to expend additional energy running off to the locker room.
Alternatively, it’s possible she just didn’t care about a couple of randos seeing her in a sports bra.
Either way, the incident sparked an outcry. Per CBS News, only the Women’s Tennis Association has a rule dictating where their players can and cannot take off their shirts. Men aren’t subject to the same regulations. Apparently, female nipples are such a threat to the general public that they need to be governed by a professional body.
UPDATE: Aug. 29, 2018, 3:31 p.m. PDT According to a statement from the WTA, the organization has “no rule” against of a change of attire on the court and said “Alize did nothing wrong.”
The organization also said the violation came under “Grand Slam” rules, and notes the United States Tennis Association has since changed its policies.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about it:
French player Alize Cornet handed a court violation @ #USOpen for briefly removing & adjusting her shirt in blistering heat, while Djokovic can sit topless with no penalty!
The disparity between male & female players sometimes is unbelievable.#USOpen2018pic.twitter.com/JoXz0yV6Zn
— AlexCam (@followalexcam) August 29, 2018
US Tennis Open Alizé Cornet take top off because it was back to front and she’s been penalised for breaking the rules. And yet Novak Djokovic can change his top and nothing is said. Sexism in Tennis it’s the 21st Century FFS. pic.twitter.com/iwVXHh779u
— GamingWelchman ETS (@GamingWelchman) August 29, 2018
Earlier in the week, the French Tennis Federation ruled that Serena Williams couldn’t wear a black catsuit at the French Open. The catsuit was designed so that Williams, who has struggled with circulation problems since becoming pregnant, wouldn’t suffer any blood clots.
Sigh. Whether it’s on the court or off, people still love to regulate the female body in 2018. Meanwhile I saw, like, twenty exposed scrotum sacs while on a New York City beach last week, and nobody had a damn thing to say about it.
Let’s get to a place where all bodies can co-exist in peace.