CANADIAN tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has won her case against the United States Tennis Association.
The jury found the USTA, which manages the Queens-based US Open, primarily negligent in a slip-and-fall accident at the 2015 Open that Bouchard says damaged her career.
Bouchard, 23, who was once ranked No.5 in the world, suffered a concussion after entering a dimly-lit training room, slipping backwards on a floor that was slick with a cleaning chemical, and hitting her head, according to her lawsuit. She did not play a complete match for the rest of the season.
The jury will return to Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday to begin the damages phase of the case.
Bouchard’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, has claimed he is seeking “millions and millions” of dollars in damages
“When you get 75 percent or better, you can’t ever complain about that,” Morelli, said, according to the New York Times. “If somebody gives you three-quarters of the enchilada, you can’t complain.”
Bouchard is seeking damages for physical and emotional suffering in the lawsuit, as well as lost earnings on and off the court.
She testified on Wednesday that she screamed in pain when she fell in a physiotherapy room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, because her skin was burned by a cleaning spray applied to the floor.