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dateline: 29 August 2018

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Female Tennis Player Gets Controversial Code Violation

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • controversial: causing major disagreement
  • code violation: conduct that is against the rules
  • umpire: a person whose job is to enforce rules at a sporting event
  • fierce: angry, serious
  • attire: clothing

Female Tennis Player Gets Controversial Code Violation

A female French tennis pro received a controversial code violation this week when she removed her shirt on the court. Alizé Cornet was coming back from a ten-minute heat break when she realized her shirt was on . After quickly removing it and it around, Cornet received a code violation warning from the US Open chair umpire. The call resulted in fierce backlash from players and fans alike who took to social media to post pictures of the male tennis players with their shirts off in between sets. The Women’s Tennis Association quickly confirming there is no rule against changing attire on the .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Alize Cornet?
  2. What controversial call was made?
  3. Why did this warning anger fans?

Discussion Questions

The female tennis player was wearing a sports bra for the few seconds it took her to change her shirt around while the male players sit with bare chests between sets. Does it surprise you that sexism is still a problem in professional sports?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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