Azarenka described the situation as ‘unacceptable’ (Picture: Getty)

Victoria Azarenka launched a staunch defence of Serena Williams’ catsuit, amid the French Open’s plans to ban the outfit.

The Belarusian believes ‘there is always a double standard for men and women’ and vowed to fight against inequality in tennis.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli sparked controversy when revealing plans to enforce a stricter dress code at Roland Garros in the future, and insisted that Williams’ ensemble would not be ‘accepted’ in future tournaments.

‘I think we sometimes went too far,’ he told Tennis Magazine’s 500th edition.

Serena Williams’ catsuit has been targeted (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

‘The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.’

Former world No. 1 Azarenka was quizzed on the treatment of women in tennis amid rows over the catsuit and Alize Cornet’s code violation for changing her shirt on court, and announced her intention to fight against any further inequality.

‘I don’t think it’s just a problem on the tour. I think it’s a problem in the world, unfortunately,’ the two-time Grand Slam winner said after her second-round win over Daria Gavrilova.

‘But there is a direction that is — there is conversations and the direction is going in the right way. We just need to continue to break those barriers.

Cornet was handed a code violation for changing her shirt on court (Picture: Eurosport)

‘When things and issues like this, it needs to stop at the beginning. It cannot develop anymore. It’s enough.

‘You know, the things with the catsuit, I personally don’t understand it. No idea what means disrespecting the game playing in the catsuit?

‘There is always a double standard for men and women. But we need to push those barriers.

‘And as players, as representatives of the WTA Tour, I believe we’re gonna do the best we can to make sure that we are the most progressive sport and continue to break those boundaries, because it’s unacceptable. For me, it’s unacceptable.

Nadal supported the French Open’s right to install  a stricter dress code (Picture: Anadolu /Getty)

‘It shouldn’t be a conversation. It should not be a conversation. Why? Why there’s conversation? What’s the disrespect? I don’t get it.’

While many have come out against the French Open’s plans to install a stricter dress code, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal believes they have a right to enforce whatever rules they see fit.

‘I think that everybody is fair to do whatever works better for the tournament,’ he said.

‘I really believe when you have a tournament like Wimbledon that they do what they want. You cannot say to another event that they have to do another thing. That’s my opinion.

‘Why if Wimbledon have they own rules, why Roland Garros cannot have it?’

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