London - The US Open was accused of sexism on Wednesday after French tennis player Alizé Cornet received an official warning for taking off her top on court to turn it the right way around.
When 28-year-old Cornet returned from a 10-minute heat break in New York she realised her shirt was back-to-front and walked to the back of the court to pull off and adjust her top, briefly exposing her sports bra.
The outfit shift earned her a code violation from umpire Christian Rask who branded her action "unsportsmanlike", saying she had violated the World Tennis Association's rules.
But his decision lead to a volley of complaints about sexist double standards from other players and tennis fans.
Judy Murray, mother of former world number one player Andy Murray, said men changed their shirts on court with no issue.