US Open organisers face huge bill for Eugenie Bouchard's 2015 fall

The United States Tennis Association has reached a settlement with Eugenie Bouchard after being told it must bear most of the blame for her 2015 US Open fall.

A New York Court ruled yesterday that the USTA was mainly at fault after Bouchard, who sued, slipped on a recently cleaned tiled floor in the trainers' room.

"We have reached an agreement with Eugenie Bouchard and are glad that this matter has reached an amicable conclusion for both parties," a USTA statement read.

"We would like to thank the court and jurors for their service. We also wish Ms Bouchard the best of luck moving forward."

It has been reported that the settlement figure is confidential.

The jury's actual verdict was that the USTA should take 75% of the blame and Bouchard 25%. That meant the governing body would only have to pay three-quarters of the sum the court decided it owed Bouchard in damages.

Having reached the US Open's fourth round, the 23-year-old was forced to withdraw with a concussion and then missed the rest of the 2015 season.

Bouchard was ranked 25th in the world at the time - down from a high of sixth during her breakthrough season in 2014 when she was the runner-up at Wimbledon - but she has struggled ever since and is now outside the top 100.

Her lawyer Benedict Morelli told Press Association Sport: "We are very pleased but not surprised that the jury went in our favour.

"The USTA refused to take responsibility for causing Genie's injury for almost two and a half years."

- PA

 

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