Eugenie Bouchard is suing the United States Tennis Association for negligence after she slipped and fell in an U.S. Open locker room, resulting in her withdrawal from the tournament, the Associated Press reports.
In the lawsuit, Bouchard says she suffered severe pain and economic loss as a result of the incident.
Bouchard, 21, had advanced to the fourth round of the women’s singles tournament before withdrawing from both singles and doubles competitions with a concussion. She had been scheduled to face Roberta Vinci, who went on to upset Serena Williams, but lost in the final. Bouchard also later withdrew from tournaments in China and Japan.
“Ms. Bouchard entered the physiotherapy room of the women's locker room when she was caused to slip and fall by a slippery, foreign and dangerous substance on the floor,” the suit says. “[Her injuries] were caused solely by the reason of carelessness, negligence, wanton and willful disregard on the part of Defendant USTA.”
Bouchard, who was once ranked No. 5, was the No. 25 seed at this year’s Open. She has dropped to No. 38 since the incident, and contends that her ranking will likely continue to fall.
- Erin Flynn