Women's Dress Code Debate Engulfs Tennis

by Tatenda Ziyambi

Gender inequality is a longstanding problem which, thankfully, is being has correctly been called out in recent times. Unfortunately, the problem is still pervasive in today’s society, particularly in sports where women almost criminally disadvantaged compared to their male counterparts.

One such facet of this is the women’s dress code, which has been a hotly disputed area in recent times. The biggest purveyor of this is Serena Williams, who is the biggest female tennis star on the planet. Her most recent controversy came after the black "catsuit" she wore was banned by the French Open.

Serena Williams infamous catsuit

Even more recently, Alizé Cornet was shocked after she was handed a code violation by her match umpire for taking her top off on court after putting it on the front way round. Under the WTA regulations, female players are not permitted to chance their attire while out on the court, but there is no such ruling in the men’s game and the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were seen on Tuesday changing their tops as they looked to cope with the extreme heat that hit New York.

The incident that lead to Alize Cornet being handed a code violation

Thus the question needs to be asked: Shouldn't women be allowed to wear what they want? Or at the very least, they should be afforded the same rights as men when it comes to the dress code. What are your thoughts on this? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think! 

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