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Alize Cornet’s Code Violation Triggers Sexism Row At US Open

A simple shirt change has triggered a fierce debate at Flushing Meadows.

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Organisers at the US Open have been accused of double standards after handing Alize Cornet a code violation for changing her shirt on the court.

The French world No.31 was taking on Sweden’s Johanna Larsson during the first round. Due to the sweltering heat, she took a 10-minute break in accordance with the extreme heat rule that was in place. When returning, Cornet noticed that her shirt was on backwards. Leading to her changing her shirt and subsequently receiving a warning from the umpire, Christian Rask, for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Former British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray criticised the decision to penalise Cornet. Under US Open rules it is against policy for women to change their t-shirts on court. Although there is no such regulation concerning male players.

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Responding to the tweet, former Australian player Casey Dellacqua described the decision as ‘Ridiculous’ and Bethanie Mattek-Sands wrote ‘that’s weak’ in the comments section. Five-time US Open champion Pam Shriver also weighed in on the debate by saying that she was surprised that such a rule existed.

“I found out tonight from the ref the rule @usopen for women to change shirts on court has been a code violation for years… I did not know that… In my day Barbara Potter did it often, I did it a few times. How about another rule change?” She wrote in a tweet to Courtney Nguyen‏ from WTA Insider.

According to the 2018 WTA rulebook, players must change in the ‘most private location’ away from the court. Cornet turned the back to the camera whilst changing and she was wearing a sports bra underneath.

Cornet, who was seeded 31st in the draw, crashed out to Larsson 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Losing in the first round of the tournament for the third time within the past four years. During the match she struggled in the heat as the temperature soared towards 100 degrees in New York.

Larsson will play fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the second round.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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