I'm surprised the USTA didn't settle out of court before this suit was filed.
Most of the staff at the US Open work there every year and pretty much know the drill. I think the question about why it was just her who was attempting to walk through a darkened room when other players were there. I think Svitolina was mentioned by someone upthread.First of all, the USTA, as well as, surely, any other named party in the lawsuit, all have their own commercial general liability insurance policies. These policies promise to cover them against any expenses (defense costs + settlement costs) related to suits alleging negligence. So the USTA will be out precious few nickels even if they settle or lose in court. However, it's not entirely up to the USTA - their insurer has the final say on whether to accept a settlement, and while they probably wouldn't accept one without the approval of their insured (i.e., the USTA), the USTA certainly could not force one on the insurer's dime without the insurer agreeing to the terms. But the only people this is going to really cost at the USTA are the janitorial staff and supervisors.
I was fine with this - most of it is very good - until Jack Sock came up. His failure to hydrate was his decision not the tournament's, He's the only player who had such a dire physical reaction.It's so sad to see most of these posters/trolls attacking Bouchard for suing the USTA when they don't even understand the laws in the U.S. Bouchard's name is just a dog whistle for them to unleash their inner discontent with their own existence.
Claimants in liability cases have to initiate lawsuits to seek compensation. This is the first and normal step in the due process. Similar suits, on much smaller scales, are filed everyday in this country, most of them regarding property damages, product liability and various kinds of injuries. One of the reasons a lawsuit is even necessary is that insurance companies will never voluntarily pay for damages. If and when a judgement is rendered against the USTA, the insurers will be paying for the damages, not the USTA. Thus, the USTA is not allowed to comment because the comments could tie the lawyers hands.
The trolls would probably have tripped over themselves to file their lawsuits if this had happened to them and if they lived in a country where there is recourse for the average citizens. But their antipathy for others is a sad indictment on humanity, or the lack there of. They don't realize a lot of these lawsuits litigated in the U.S., past and present, have made corporations, organizations and individuals accountable for their actions all over the world. It could have been worse for Bouchard if she had been knocked unconscious and alone for a long time without help. Hillary Clinton had a similar accident at the State Department a few years back and had to wear thick corrective glasses for a while to mitigate double vision caused by her concussion. She seems to have make a full recovery. Let's hope Bouchard will do the same.
Let's also hope something good comes out of this in addition to Bouchard getting her compensations. The USTA and other tournament organizers have to put players' health and safety first before their business concerns. These are tennis players, not gladiators fighting their way out of being luncheon meat to lions. The U.S. Open organizers could have done a number of things to avoid this accident, such as rescheduling a second match when they knew a player was already exhausted from an earlier one, postponing or canceling a late presser all together, etc. Is it so important for media people to ask players the same meaningless questions over and over? Do we really want to see Jack Sock and other players die out there? What's the point of playing best of five in extreme weather conditions? Some of the trolls would probably retort that not everyone was cramping and fainting. Well, not everyone was the President of the United States, but some of us were, and some of us will be.
The U.S. Open was the first grand slam competition to offer equal prize money to men and women. It's time for it to lead again and modernize the majors.
It's part of her law suit. It's posted upthread. It's the basis for asking for more money from the USTA/NTC.Where did you see that she's blaming that her ranking dropped because of this? (apologies in advance if she really said that) It's not like there's no prize money when you lose R1 in every tournament and as other poster mentioned she also lost a great amount of money in the bonus pool thing. well you can't guarantee that she's gonna lose R1 in every tournament so it does somehow affect her ranking, not much though I agree but that's just not the main point of suing the USTA
Oh NP. In a thread of this size it's easy to miss something.Thanks. My Bad. Sorry to Mr.Sharapova then. I read the thread yesterday with my phone and it can't show that "pic" so i missed it. But I guess her ranking dropped isn't the main point of suing/asking for money... and who knows whether her career would revive after the USO R4 "miracle" yeah but my fault so sorry.
I asked this question before and never got an answer so I threw it out there.The tourneys insure the players?
This may be true and why a few journalists mentioned that work on the roof and the new Grandstand may have to be suspended.One possible interesting wrinkle that I hadn't considered until discussing with colleagues (I'm a lawyer) is that the USTA may be self-insured, so there may be no insurance company in the background to pick up the tab. Will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the legal system.
Huh."If the USTA decides it wants to speak with me, I'm here to listen," he said. "If they want to litigate, that's OK too. Because that's what I do. That's why Genie and her mother hired me."
In the US the impossible is always a possibility when it comes to sports. The NY Mets baseball team are the prime example of this mind set at the moment.I support Genie's lawsuit, but his lawyer should rethink the current argument he is proposing.
Oh. I've never understood why flame wars are so important to this board. Thanks though. :smile2:It's saint2's tired and pathetic gimmic that nay Genie topic is only an opportunity for trolling because everbody is mean and horrible. Also his probable alt screen name was caught here and banned.
Exactly.No they're not, there is a players union, and the players are represented by peers they vote on, to your earlier point. What you called into question is important, because if the players union could get involved and defend Bouchard relentlessly, it would. Thus is the nature of unions. And they didn't. Why not? That is a good question.
What can't seem to be accepted is that, legally, if FOR ANY REASON Bouchard was not supposed to enter that room unaccompanied, and she did, and that is where the accident occurred, then while yes, this represents a very dangerous situation and should be looked at, there may NOT be another party legally responsible for what happened. The policy issues are the USTA/WTA's problem. That isn't something that's going to be litigated. That doesn't matter here. What matters is how she came to be in that room, whether she should have indeed been there, and why if she should have been others weren't.