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U.S. Open Clarifies Stance on Shirt Changes After Penalizing Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet on Day Two of the US Open in New York on Aug. 28, 2018. 

Alize Cornet on Day Two of the US Open in New York on Aug. 28, 2018. 

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New York (AP) -- The U.S. Tennis Association acknowledged Wednesday that a chair umpire incorrectly warned French player Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court at the U.S. Open — the latest example in recent days of ways in which men and women are treated differently in tennis.

Off court during a 10-minute indoor break because of excessive heat during Tuesday's first-round match, Cornet changed out of her sweat-soaked outfit. She rushed to get dressed before play resumed, she said, and put her top on backward, but didn't realize there was a problem until her boyfriend pointed it out. That's when, standing behind a baseline, Cornet pulled off her shirt and put it back on the right way.