Tennis Fans Slam U.S. Open For Gender ‘Double Standards’ After Novak Djokovic Sits Shirtless On Sideline [GIF]
Tennis fans were quick to voice their outrage on Wednesday night over what they believe to be “double standards” the U.S. Open has regarding in-game attire changes for male and female players.
On Wednesday, No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic decided to take a break during his quarterfinal match against Australian John Millman and was spotted sitting shirtless on the sideline bench.
The U.S. Open even shared a GIF on Twitter of the Serb star smiling while resting:
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018
Djokovic beat Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals, where he will play 21st-seeded Japanese star Kei Nishikori on Friday. Many fans delighted in Djokovic’s happy state, although others rapidly started criticizing the tournament’s organizers for their double standards, citing an incident involving a female player changing clothes on the court that happened early in the U.S. Open last week.
During a first-round loss to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson on Aug. 28, Frenchwoman Alize Cornet drew a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after removing her shirt in a ten-minute break. Cornet was wearing a sports bra underneath her shirt — which she reportedly changed because of the heat and because she had been wearing the first shirt backwards — but tournament officials deemed her showing skin indecent, and Cornet seemed appalled with the decision.
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. https://t.co/sCN4KDXYTb
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) August 28, 2018
The U.S. Tennis Association eventually apologized for their decision regarding Cornet in a statement.
“We regret that a Code Violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday,” said the USTA. “All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair.”
Here is what fans said about Djokovic being allowed to sit shirtless during Wednesday’s match. Serena Williams being denied the opportunity to continue wearing her infamous “catsuit” was also mentioned by some fans.
Tell me again why @serenawilliams can’t wear a body suit when you got a guy shirtless??
— Digby Smith (@DigbyBatman) September 6, 2018
#USOpen #DoubleStandards #LoveMyTennis I have no problem with a shirtless @DjokerNole ( and a big fan of his btw !) 😊but #USOpen why the double standards ?? @serenawilliams @alizecornet https://t.co/xB8qqCyQ41
— Cecilia Furner (@FurnerCecilia) September 6, 2018
So Novak Djokovic can chill on court shirtless like he’s at home but a woman wearing a sports bra can’t even turn her top around w/o being penalized? Fix the double standards #USOpen2018
— 🌈Sansa Snark☘️🏳️🌈 (@TheMsIntrovert) September 6, 2018
— Jill Ciminillo (@jillciminillo) September 6, 2018
Assuming the female players will enjoy the same right to lounge shirtless for an entire break?
— HilaryStabb (@MoonArrowMars) September 6, 2018