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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eugenie Bouchard suing US Tennis Association ~for

In the US Open, all eyes were on Aussie tennis bad-boy Nick Kyrgios and Canadian sweetheart Eugenie Bouchard as they grinned and flirted their way through the first round of the US Open's mixed doubles draw. Fist-bumps, giggling furtive chats at the change of ends and even playful towel fights were the order of the day as Kyrgios and tennis partner Bouchard advanced in three sets at Flushing Meadows.

A negligence lawsuit is a civil lawsuit that filed against a person or a legal party that failed to use reasonable caution and caused damage to a victim while providing care or services.  It is essential to the outcome of a negligence lawsuit for the victim to prove that harm was caused by the standard of service she or he received.

Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios snapped "that's just crap!" at the umpire as he earned his third code violation in a week when he smashed away a loose ball and nearly hit a line judge. Kyrgios, 20, was left fuming by the decision at the climax of the second set as he slumped from a dominant start to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat by Kei Nishikori in the Shanghai Masters second round.

Eugenie "Genie" Bouchard,  is a Canadian professional tennis player currently ranked world no. 38.  At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová. She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and won the 2012 Wimbledon girls' title.

At the US Open, she defeated Alison Riske and Polona Hercog, respectively, in the first and second rounds, her first back-to-back wins since March at the BNP Paribas Open.   She was scheduled to play Roberta Vinci in the fourth round, but had to withdraw due to a concussion, an injury she suffered after falling in the locker-room following her first-round match in mixed doubles. That injury ended Nick Kyrgios' US Open adventure as she was the  mixed doubles partner and had to withdraw.

Now comes the news that Eugenie Bouchard is suing United States Tennis Association over US Open locker room fall.  In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in US District Court in Brooklyn,  she  claims her fall was caused by a "slippery, foreign and dangerous substance" on the floor. Bouchard says she suffered a severe head injury, which caused her to withdraw from the tournament. She also dropped out of a tournament in China.

Her suit claims the USTA, tennis' national governing body, was negligent. It seeks unspecified damages. The Canadian player, who was once ranked No. 5, contends her injuries “were caused solely by the reason of carelessness, negligence, wanton and willful disregard on the part of Defendant USTA.” She claims the organization didn’t keep the locker room in a “safe and suitable condition” because the organization failed to maintain, clean and repair the floor, which led to her fall.

Bouchard said her world ranking has dropped at least 13 spots since the incident last month and believes it is likely to continue to decline. USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier says the organisation does not comment on on-going litigation.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

15th Oct 2015.

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