USTA Responds To Bouchard’s Lawyers About US Open Incident

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USTA Tennis News

The United States Tennis Association has responded legally, but aggressively, to the lawyers of Eugenie Bouchard who filed a lawsuit maintaining the organizers of the US Open were wholly responsible for the 20 year-old injuring herself in the physiotherapist suite of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

The USTA issued a 16 pages long rebuttal to Bouchard’s claim that they were to blame for her slipping and subsequently suffering concussion because poor lighting did not allow her to see the floor had become dangerously slippery because of a cleaning substance.

According to, the USTA has insisted that Bouchard “refused offers of medical attention and assistance” after she complained about having fallen. Instead it is alleged she simply left the facility. The rebuttal also said Bouchard ignored the “protocols, procedures, and expectations” of her profession by seeking to use the physiotherapy room on her own.

Finally, the USTA said any claims of “ongoing or permanent” injury are inconsistent with Bouchard’s own “admissions” on social media and “public commentary.”

Bouchard’s attorney Benedict Morelli, who initially insisted the financial claim would be for ‘millions and millions’ reported he conversed with the player via telephone earlier this week.

According to Morelli, Bouchard has only just resumed practice in Florida but her client was more upset than angry about the impending case, which will now go to trial. Bouchard reportedly told her lawyer: “They’re being really aggressive with me.”

Bouchard’s suit seeks damages for her having to withdraw from the women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open following her fall. It includes the income she subsequently lost from having to withdraw from four WTA tournaments after being forced to retire from October’s China Open in Beijing, complaining of dizziness.

USTA officials and lawyers declined to speak further on the matter Tuesday. “Our rebuttal speaks for itself,” USTA managing director of corporate communications Chris Widmaier told

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