Alize Cornet called out the Wimbledon organizers following her exit from the tournaments as she believes not all players are treated equally at The Championships. On Thursday, former world No 11 Cornet saw her Wimbledon run come to an end in the second round after No 3 seed Elena Rybakina handed her a 6-2 7-6 (2) defeat.
Since Rybakina is the defending champion, Cornet got to play her second-round match on the Centre Court. But before Cornet got to play on one of the most prestigious tennis courts in the world, she defeated Noa Hibino in one of the outside courts at The Championships.
Cornet hits out at the Wimbledon organizers
"For me, the biggest issue on this tournament was, yeah, the difference between today I played on Centre Court, and I had basically 40 tickets to give away. In my first round, I had two.
Nobody could come. I couldn't even invite one of my best friends who was there. Two tickets on the outside court, it's too little. Then you have a huge gap and you get 40 when you play on Centre Court. You need to give a little more credit to players that play on the outside courts.
This tournament exists because of all the players, not only the ones that play on the big courts. It [US Open] is better. No, the biggest gap is here in Wimbledon. In the other tournaments you get like four, six, you know, at least a little bit to invite your friends," Cornet said.
Late in the second set - with Cornet and Rybakina tied to five games apiece - the Frenchwoman suffered a nasty fall. Cornet burst into tears and Rybakina immediately rushed to the other side of the court. After receiving a medical timeout, Cornet stunningly managed to continue the match with her leg heavily strapped. But soon after, Rybakina clinched a straight-set win over Cornet.