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Jury rules in favour of Bouchard in lawsuit against United States Tennis Association

Kachi Wachuku in News 23 Feb 2018
  • USTA found negligent and liable for Bouchard's fall and resulting concussion at the 2015 US Open
  • Bouchard wins lawsuit against USTA for head injury that 'changed the course of her career'
Eugenie Bouchard after the first round of trial on Wednesday in Brooklyn.

Jury finds USTA guilty of negligence and therefore liable in Bouchard lawsuit

Round 1 of the lawsuit filed by Eugenie Bouchard against the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has been concluded and the jury found the association 'mostly liable' for the fall and resulting injury to the Canadian tennis star.

After less than an hour of deliberation, the jury ruled in favour of Bouchard, finding that the USTA's negligence played a part in her US Open locker room fall in 2015.

A Federal Court jury in Brooklyn also found that the 23-year old was partially at fault for the incident - ruling that the USTA was 75% to blame while Bouchard was 25% to blame. The meaning of this ruling will ultimately be decided at the second phase of the trial to determine damages caused.

The former World No.5 slipped and fell on a cleaning substance that had been used on the trainer's room floor, later suffering a 'serious head injury' which forced her withdrawal from the tournament. Bouchard had just completed a mixed doubles match when she returned to the locker room at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center where the unfortunate incident occurred. 

In her testimony, Bouchard stated that she had taken two steps into the training area while heading for the ice bath when she fell "and hit the back of her head on the floor." She further testified that she felt a burning sensation from what was alleged to be a powerful cleaning agent left on the floor. 

The former Wimbledon finalist now ranked outside the top 100 in the world, claims that the fall and resulting head injury changed the course of her career, causing her to pull out of subsequent tournaments in late 2015. She returned to play a full tour calendar in 2016, but has failed to progress beyond the third round of any Grand Slams since then.

Both parties declined to comment after the trial. 

The next phase of the trial is due to commence Friday 23rd, February.

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