USA tennis 'mostly liable' in Bouchard fall

Eugenie Bouchard will again appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition

Tennis pro Eugenie Bouchard and the United States Tennis Association reached an undisclosed settlement Friday over her disastrous 2015 slip-and-fall.

Bouchard has struggled to find her best form in recent years and is now ranked 116 in the world, having not gone past the third round at a grand slam in her last nine attempts.

Her lawyer Benedict Morelli told Press Association Sport: "We are very pleased but not surprised that the jury went in our favour", said her lawyer, Benedict Morelli. This means the governing body will only have to pay three quarters of the sum the court decides it owes Bouchard in damages.

"(We) are glad that this matter has reached an amicable conclusion for both parties", USTA said in a statement.

Bouchard, 23, told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn that she had taken two steps into the training area en route to take an ice bath when she lost her footing "and hit the back of my head on the floor".

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Bouchard shot to stardom when she reached the 2014 Wimbledon final, but she has not replicated that early success and is now ranked 116th in the world.

Bouchard flashed a smile as she left the courtroom and said she was pleased with the results.

In his own openings, USTA lawyer Al Kaminsky noted that Bouchard had already started slipping in the standings as other players began studying her style and learning how to beat her.

Bouchard - ranked 116th in the world - was found to be 25 per cent at fault for the incident, which saw the former Wimbledon finalist withdraw from the 2015 US Open, having sustained a concussion in the fall. She left the courthouse on Thursday without commenting.

The Canadian sued the organisers of the grand slam tournament after she slipped on a recently cleaned tiled floor in the trainers' room.

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