Eugenie Bouchard and USTA reach settlement over locker room fall

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Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court with her mother in NY.

"It's been two and a half years, so I'm happy it's over", The New York Times quoted Bouchard as saying.

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard will be paid in damages and lost earnings by the United States Tennis Association after suing them for negligence.

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"Concussion and trauma and brain injuries are not part of tennis", he said, speaking in Brooklyn federal court a day after the same jury found the United States Tennis Association 75 percent liable for Bouchard slipping backwards on a tile floor slick with cleaning fluid.

The tennis player didn't realize she'd stepped onto a floor slick with cleaning fluid - and she tumbled onto her back, smashing her head in the process. She did not play a complete match for the rest of that season. That meant that the USTA would have had to pay her only 75 per cent of whatever settlement the jury would have awarded to Bouchard.

Lawyer Alan Kaminsky, representing the USTA, said: "I'm just pleased the USTA and Ms. Bouchard were able to resolve their differences".

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The USTA told Reuters it was not commenting at this time, while representatives for Bouchard could not be immediately reached for a statement.

"She returned to tennis, but tennis didn't return to her", Morelli said.

The USTA countered that it was Bouchard's responsibility to be aware that the locker room was being cleaned at 11 p.m. when her fall occurred. The Canadian tennis player made the remark to reporters on Friday after the deal on damages was struck at a New York City court. Bouchard claimed she suffered what she said was a "serious head injury" that has harmed a once-promising career.

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