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Volume 26 No. 48
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USTA Criticizes Bouchard For Focusing On Lawsuit Instead Of Her Play

Days before the start of the U.S. Open, the USTA criticized player Eugenie Bouchard for focusing on her lawsuit against the group and not on “playing to her best ability,” describing it as “unfortunate.” The USTA statement on Bouchard came after her lawyer called out the owner of the Open for using hardball tactics in the litigation during an interview with THE DAILY that he initiated. The lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said settlement talks had essentially collapsed. Bouchard suffered a concussion during last year’s Open after falling in an allegedly poorly lit and unattended area of the player locker room. She withdrew from the tournament and subsequent ones. She is entered in next week’s event.

“The USTA does not comment on the substance of ongoing litigation,” the tennis group’s statement said. “However, it is truly unfortunate that a year after her accident, Genie’s focus is on matters other than playing to her best ability." It added the USTA has "remained ready, willing and able to bring the litigation to a conclusion as expeditiously as is possible." In a separate line of the statement, the USTA said, “The litigation will have no impact on how Genie is treated at the US Open in any manner.” Bouchard will sit for her deposition after her season ends in October.


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