Bouchard wins lawsuit against US tennis body

NEW YORK • The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was found by a jury mostly liable when Canada's Eugenie Bouchard fell in a training room at the 2015 US Open, resulting in her withdrawal and a concussion, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before ruling in Bouchard's favour in the lawsuit against the USTA.

The jury decided the tennis association will have to pay 75 per cent of the damages owed to Bouchard but also found the Canadian bore contributory negligence, assessing her 25 per cent of the total negligence, the newspaper reported.

"When you get 75 per cent or better, you can't ever complain about that," Bouchard's attorney Benedict Morelli told the paper.

The USTA told Reuters it was not commenting at this time, while representatives for Bouchard could not be immediately reached for a statement.

Bouchard, a Wimbledon finalist in 2014 and now world No. 116, 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.

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.

"I was laying there shocked, staring at the ceiling," she said.

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

The damages phase of the trial was set to begin yesterday.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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