A U.S. district court in NY has ruled in favor of Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard in her lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association for an injury that forced her to retire from the 2015 U.S. Open.
The USTA countered that it was Bouchard's responsibility to be aware that the locker room was being cleaned at 11 p.m. when her fall occurred.
Bouchard won the initial liability phase of the trial in a decision handed down Thursday, though the jury said that she bore 25 per cent of the comparative negligence for her injury. "The USTA refused to take responsibility for causing Genie's injury for nearly two and a half years".
"She returned to tennis, but tennis didn't return to her", Morelli said. The USTA says it's satisfied with the outcome and wishes Bouchard "the best in her career". "It's been two-and-a-half years, so I'm happy it's over", Bouchard told reporters outside a New York courtroom, the New York Times reported. She was seeking damages for her physical and emotional suffering as well as lost earnings both on and off the court after not playing a complete match for the remainder of 2015.
Her lawsuit asked for unspecified damages - and earlier Friday lawyers for Bouchard and the USTA had argued back-and-forth in front of the judge and jury about the amount of damages. "I feel vindicated that I got the verdict yesterday". "Just relief and happiness right now".
Alan Kaminsky, a lawyer for USTA, said he was also glad a settlement could be reached.
The former world No.5 was seeking damages for her physical and emotional suffering in the lawsuit, which lasted almost two and a half years, as well as lost earnings both on and off the court.