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Some reports say the USTA staff were gone and she was alone.
It will be interesting to see what went on if this goes to trial and people give sworn testimony about what happened that night.
Stephanie Myles' article suggests that perhaps she wasn't alone.

Bouchard will get a lot of crap for this but this is a 100% legitimate move if her version is proven right in court. Her ranking isn't the USTA's fault but they may owe her bonus pool money and appearance fee from Hong Kong.
 

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I have read that Genie's father is very litigious and sued another party over some aspect of her career in the past.
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Behind the Bouchard family?s double fault in tax court - The Globe and Mail

It was about a tax issue related to the costs of her junior career.
You don't sue the USTA for just fun, it's a big deal that could really turn nasty for her. They could schedule her on court 10 for the rest of her career and it will cost her a fortune if shes loses the lawsuit.
 

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The defendants are being charged with two counts of negligence.

The first (paragraph 37) claims "the aforesaid described incident and the resulting injuries to Ms. Bouchard were caused solely by the reason of the carelessness, negligence, wanton and willfull disregard on the part of Defendant USTA ... without any negligence on the part of Ms. Bouchard contributing hereto."

It also claims the USTA had "actual and/or constructive prior notice" of the dangerous conditions and that Bouchard has "been damaged and endured and continues to endure severe pain and suffering, and incurred and continues to incur significant economic loss, medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life."
Well, putting your European vacation pictures all over social media isn't the smartest idea such situation.
The Bouchards are probably hoping for a quick out-of-court settlement.
 

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The Chinese whispers and misunderstanding related to this incident on social media are astonishing.

Her version is that she fell due to a slippery substance in her dark room while trying to find the light switch because there wasn't any attendant to help her out.

As if all these people would "man up, grow up, let it go or suck it up" because something out of their control cost them millions. This lawsuit isn't an excuse for her poor results either but a way to gain the money she lost from the ongoing issues she suffers from.

It's really scary how people can interpret the most basic things so differently.
 

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She's suing because the lights weren't supposed to be off and the floor wasn't supposed to be wet.

The idea that it was her responsibility to look up for someone to switch the lights on is ridiculous. Many people walk in a dark unknown room on a daily basis and find the light switch without the help of anyone.
 

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You have plenty of rights, but you don't have the right to turn misfortune into some sort of winning lottery ticket. Big difference.
The law isn't a lottery. :bigwave:

You would sue the USTA if you fell due to their neglience and suffered a lifelong hand injury that prevented you from doing your job to the same capacity you used to before the incident.
 

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Myles is a Canadian and has always gone along with the PR surrounding Bouchard. For her to drop that tidbit is - interesting.
Myles and Tebbutt write about Bouchard because she's a click-magnet but they're very indifferent to her, especially Tebbutt as he has the most obvious mancrush on Raonic.

Myles doesn't get any special access to Bouchard either.
 

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Her lawyer may get her some big money but he isn't helping her image in any way. :tape:

If her rankings drop, tournament may not giver her WCs if they know she may sue them if something happens. A Premier 470 can't afford a multimillions lawsuit.
 

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I bet she wished she'd never opened up that can of worms in the AO.
It's been two years. Time for journalists to find a new topic or for her to shut it down and say she has new musical interests, a new crush or just be firm an decline to answer the answer with her best Stepford wife smile to avoid any criticism.
 

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I want to sue her for her repeated unsportsmanlike behavior.
She didn't shook hands twice before a Fed Cup match. Big deal. First time was weird, second time should have been prevented by her parents, her agent or Tennis Canada but they're all shameless yes men.

That's the only time she was "unsportsmanlike". She improved her post-match handshakes since then and she's about average for the WTA standards nowadays (which isn't saying much I'll give you that :tape:).

Meanwhile, most WTA and ATP players use all kind of loud and long grunts, take MTOs and bathroom breaks all the time and use every dirty trick in the book to play cheap mind games and break momentum.

Nadal has a reputation to dream of in the mainstream press but he's probably more unsportsmanlike than her and use gamesmanship on a regular basis.
 

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At this point, both sides have spent more than 1 million.
I believe Bouchard's lawyers are on contingency which means they get a percentage if she wins or a an agreed-upon fee or maybe even nothing at all if they lose.

Isn't weird that Tennis Australia is giving MD WCs to Bouchard while their Fed Cup captain is set to testify "against" her? I wouldn't want to be involved in that in any shape or form ...
 

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I think the USTA will be lucky to get off with that number. Bouchard earned almost two million dollars per season in prize money alone the last two years before her fall. $20M might be the lost prize money alone. We never had a case like this before. If they use the winners prize and bonus ranking money for every tournament a top 20 player could have entered and theoretically won over the next 10 years, we are talking $100M plus easily.
That seems crazy but it's the USA's justice system after all. Such a big amount would make her sign retirement papers before she walks out of the courtroom. :spit:
 
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