The court case involving Eugenie Bouchard and the United States Tennis Organisation has begun, after a fall at Flushing Meadows in 2015.
Canadian Bouchard is demanding substantial payments for damages after hitting her head on the floor of the changing rooms, and it is claimed this was caused by cleaning fluids being left on the ground.
The head injury suffered forced Bouchard to withdraw from all competition that she was still involved in, which meant she lost the opportunity to gain significant prize money.
There has been several meetings to try and resolve the issue between the two parties, but with no settlement being close, the issue has now been taken into a court of law.
The US Tennis Organisation deny liability on the grounds that she entered the changing rooms outside of normal hours, thus risking harm to herself.
Earlier on the day of the fall, Bouchard had reached round four of the Women's US Open following a win over Dominika Cibulkova.
Bouchard's lawyer Benedict Morelli claimed that their were no wet floor warning signs when she entered the changing rooms.
USTA counsels responded, though, by stating their staff had started cleaning the rooms in belief that all players had left the premises.
Bouchard and her team are seeking damages for past and future physical and psychological suffering. Medical expenses and a loss of earnings are also included - if Bouchard had won the 2015 US Open tournament, she would have collected a cheque worth 3.3 million dollars.
Speaking about the ordeal, Bouchard said: “I screamed ‘Oh my God, it burns!’
“It was all over me.
“I was laying there shocked, staring at the ceiling."
She also only played one more match in the 2015 season following her fall, and she had to retire from the bout in Beijing due to suffering from dizziness.
The 23-year old is currently ranked 121st in the world, and since the injury occurred she has struggled for form.
Her best Grand Slam finishes have been round three at Wimbledon in 2016 and the Australian Open in 2017, and didn't even make round one for the most recent Grand Slam, the 2018 Australian Open.
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