Eugenie Bouchard, US Tennis Association reach settlement in locker-room lawsuit

Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court Wednesday Feb. 21 2018 in New York

In a decision reached late on Thursday night, United Kingdom time, a jury in Brooklyn found that the USTA should bear 75 per cent of responsibility for a fall at Arthur Ashe Stadium three years ago, which left Bouchard with concussion. Bouchard testified the USTA's negligence led to her "serious head injury", but the USTA said she shouldn't have entered the area without tournament personnel.

The 23-year-old told the jury on Wednesday that she took two steps into the training room after a mixed doubles match before slipping on the wet floor, falling and hitting her head on the tile floor.

In some relief to the U.S.T.A., the jury found that Bouchard bore contributory negligence, which it assessed to be 25 percent of the total negligence. This means the governing body will only have to pay three quarters of the sum the court decides it owes Bouchard in damages.

She also testified that she screamed in pain because her skin was burned by a cleaning spray applied to the floor.

Eugenie Bouchard will again appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition
Eugenie Bouchard will again appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition

Her attorney, Benedict Morelli, said it was time for the tennis pro to get on with her life "outside the court, but on the court". The lawsuit went to trial this week before a federal jury in Brooklyn, and that jury found the USTA 75 percent liable for Bouchard's fall Thursday, with her bearing the remaining 25 percent liability.

The damages portion of the trial will begin on Friday. Now ranked 116th in the world, she has not replicated her early success, which included reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014.

Bouchard suffered a fall in the trainer's room of the 2015 US Open, and as a result was unable to complete a match - withdrawing prior to the first round getting underway.

Bouchard was also still able to drum up endorsement money, in large part due to her aggressive social media presence, he said.

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