Bouchard 'vindicated' after USTA settlement

Relief and vindication were the prevailing emotions for Eugenie Bouchard after she reached a settlement with the USTA.

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard   -  Getty Images

Eugenie Bouchard declared herself "vindicated" after reaching a settlement with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) over her locker-room slip and subsequent head injury at the 2015 US Open.

On Thursday it was confirmed that the USTA was found mostly liable for the slip, a jury ruling in the former world number five's favour, and would have to pay 75 per cent of the damages owed to Bouchard.

Bouchard – now 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.

And in the damages phase of the trial at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a settlement, the terms of which were kept confidential, was agreed to the satisfaction of both Bouchard and the USTA.

"It's been two-and-a-half years, so I'm happy it's over," Bouchard said. "I feel vindicated that I got the verdict yesterday. Just relief and happiness right now."

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

Bouchard's attorney Benedict Morelli commented: "When people attack you and attack your name, you get affected by that. When you're resolving it, you want to make sure you can live with it.

"She's pleasantly living with it."