EUGENIE BOUCHARD has begun her court docket case the place she is suing organisers of the US Open after struggling concussion in a fall on the match in 2015.
Canadian tennis star Bouchard is demanding damages price thousands and thousands of kilos after hitting her head on the ground when she slipped in one of many dressing rooms at Flushing Meadows.
The previous top-five ranked participant was pressured to withdraw from the singles, doubles and blended doubles occasions on the Grand Slam occasion – denying her the chance of 1000’s in prize cash.
She launched authorized motion towards america Tennis Affiliation six weeks later, and regardless of a number of conferences since then neither get together has reached any settlement on a settlement.
The 23-year-old claims she suffered the autumn after slipping on cleansing fluid she claims had been left on the bottom within the altering room.
However the USTA deny legal responsibility, and declare she assumed the chance herself by coming into the room outdoors of regular hours.
A federal jury has been sworn in for the listening to in New York, the place Bouchard’s attorneys claimed the tumble on September four 2015 got here in a room slick with heavy obligation cleansing spray.
Earlier that day she had reached the fourth spherical of the Grand Slam occasion in New York with victory over Dominika Cibulkova.
They declare there have been no warnings that the ground was slippery when the incident occurred round 11pm, her lawyer Benedict Morelli stated.
However counsel defending the USTA say employees adopted typical tips and solely put down the spray within the perception all of the gamers and trainers had left for the day.
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Defending, Alan Kaminsky said: “My clients are being blamed with doing their job.”
Bouchard, who was a beaten finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, is seeking damages for past and future physical and psychological suffering.
Medical expenses and loss of earnings also form part of the claim – including prize money, appearance fees and potential endorsement deals.
Following the fall, Bouchard played only one further match in the 2015 season in a tournament in Beijing, but she was forced to retire from the match because of dizziness.
The hearing continues.