Judy Murray criticises 'sexist' code violation against Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet was handed a code violation for removing her top on court. Picture: Shutterstock
Alize Cornet was handed a code violation for removing her top on court. Picture: Shutterstock
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A controversial decision has been made to hand French women's tennis player Alize Cornet a code violation for taking off her shirt on court

The world No.31 returned from a 10-minute heat break in her match against Swede Johanna Larsson at the US Open and realised she had put her top on back to front - but turned it round in a matter of seconds.

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An extreme heat policy, offering female players the short break before the deciding third set can be played, was implemented on medical advice at the New York tournament after temperatures soared to 38C.

But the French player was immediately hit with a code violation for her actions from the umpire.

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

Judy Murray, mother of former world No.1 Andy Murray, highlighted on Twitter that men were allowed to change their shirts on court.

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

Retired Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua tweeted it was "ridiculous."