Serena Williams catsuit ban ‘totally shocking’ says Alize Cornet after her own wardrobe controversy at US Open

ALIZE CORNET says Serena Williams' catsuit ban is "10,000 times worse" than her own telling off during the US Open.

The French player, 28, received a code violation for removing her shirt on court after realising it was the wrong way round.

 Alize Cornet was hit with a court violation after taking off her top and turning it round while she was out on the court

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Alize Cornet was hit with a court violation after taking off her top and turning it round while she was out on the court
 Serena Williams has been banned from wearing this catsuit at future French Opens

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Serena Williams has been banned from wearing this catsuit at future French Opens

That led to fans branding the organisers of the season's final Major "sexist".

American Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles winner, said during May's French Open she wore the outfit to help her cope with blood clots following the birth of daughter Olympia.

Williams said the "Wakanda-inspired catsuit" – in relation to the fictional country in hit Marvel film Black Panther – made her feel "like a warrior princess".

But she has since been banned from wearing it at the event in future by French Open president Bernard Giudicelli.

Alize Cornet given code violation at US Open for changing her T-shirt around

 Alize Cornet was dumped out of the US Open

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Alize Cornet was dumped out of the US Open

That prompted a furious response from Cornet, who blasted Giudicelli for not being forward-thinking.

She said: "Bernard Giudicelli lives in another time.

"What he said about Serena's catsuit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court on Tuesday, because he's the president of the French federation and because he doesn't have to do that.

"These kind of comments are totally shocking for me."

Giudicelli, 60, said in an interview with Tennis Magazine that mum-of-one Williams had to "respect the game".

 Williams wore the outfit to help with blood clots following the birth of her daughter

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Williams wore the outfit to help with blood clots following the birth of her daughter
 French tennis chief Bernard Giudicelli said Williams had to show the game more respect

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French tennis chief Bernard Giudicelli said Williams had to show the game more respect

US Open organisers later changed tack, saying they "regret" that Cornet was given a code violation.

Cornet added: "Everybody was pretty scared that I could get a fine for it. I was also scared.

"They were telling me that if I get fined, we would all be together and see the WTA and make a revolution and stuff.

"I was like, 'Calm down. I'm going to get the information first and then we see if we make a revolution or not'.

"I think it's very fair from them to apologise to me. I think the umpire was probably overwhelmed by the situation."

ALIZE CORNET says Serena Williams' catsuit ban is "10,000 times worse" than her own telling off during the US Open.