A tennis star sanctioned for taking off the top of the court has criticized the president of the French Tennis Federation for banning Serena Williams' catsuit.
A storm broke out after French tennis player Alize Cornet received a warning for quickly changing shirts at the US Open on Tuesday after realizing she had put him back in front.
The decision was labeled sexist as male players regularly change their shirts on the court and US Open organizers responded on Wednesday, admitting Cornet should not have received any sanctions.
But despite welcoming the apology, Cornet has lashed out against the president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli, who caused a stir on the eve of the tournament by saying that the catsuit that Serena Williams used at the French Open this year It would not be acceptable anymore because players have to 'respect the game'.
Tennis star Alize Cornet, who was penalized for wearing her top on the court (pictured), criticized the president of the French Tennis Federation for banning Serena Williams' catsuit.
A storm broke out after French tennis player Alize Cornet received a warning for quickly changing shirts at the US Open on Tuesday after realizing she had put her back in front.
Cornet has attacked the president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli, who caused a stir on the eve of the tournament by saying that the catsuit that Serena Williams used (pictured) at the French Open this year will no longer be considered acceptable because the players have to & respect the game & # 39;
She said her comments were "10,000 times worse than what happened to me."
French number two said: "We still have some people, like the president of my federation who lives at another time and can still make these kinds of comments. They are totally shocking.
"What Bernard Giudicelli said about Serena's suit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court yesterday, because he is the president of the French Federation and because he does not have to do that.
"This type of person does not have the work that we are all doing to make it more fair for women."
The 28-year-old echoed the thoughts of former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who believes that women and men are still judged by different standards and wants the WTA to be at the forefront of the fight against such attitudes
Azarenka said: "I have no idea what it means to disrespect the game that is played in the puppy suit."
& # 39; There is always a double standard for men and women. As players, as representatives of the WTA Tour, I think we will do the best we can to make sure that we are the most progressive sport and continue to break those limits, because it is unacceptable. "
Victoria Azarenka (pictured) believes that women and men are still judged according to different standards and wants the WTA to be at the forefront of the fight against such attitudes.
Cornet was surprised by the amount of attention that the incident in which he was involved had received and accepted that it was simply an error of the referee.
She said: & # 39; I think the referee probably felt overwhelmed by the situation. We were all very hot. Of course, I was surprised when I changed the shirt very fast and he gave me the violation of the code, I did not expect it, and I told him it was quite strange.
"I think it's very fair for them to apologize to me." I really appreciate it. When I woke up this morning, I did not think that this code violation would become so famous in less than 24 hours, and I am very surprised. "
People like Judy Murray and Billie Jean King took to Twitter to condemn the warning, and Cornet received a lot of support from fellow players.
She said: & # 39; Everyone was pretty scared that I could get a ticket for it. I was also scared. They told me that if they imposed a fine on me, we would all be together and we would see the WTA and we would make a revolution and those things. I was, like, & # 39; Calm down. I'm going to get the information first and then we'll see if we make a revolution or not. "
The WTA welcomed the US Open response and said in its own statement: "The violation of the code that the USTA (Tennis Association of the United States) gave to Alize Cornet during her first round match at the US Open It was unfair and it was not based on WTA.
"The WTA has always been and always will be a pioneer in women's and girls' sports, the violation of this code was done under the Grand Slam rules and we are pleased to see that the USTA has now changed this policy." Alize did nothing wrong.