New York - Canadian tennis star Eugenie
Bouchard has filed a lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association
claiming negligence after she slipped and hit her head in the locker room
during the US Open.
The 21-year-old from Montreal said she
slipped and fell from a "slippery, foreign and dangerous substance"
in a locker room, forcing her to withdraw from the final Grand Slam tournament
of the year, ESPN reported on Wednesday.
Bouchard is Canada's biggest women's tennis
star and was ranked 25th in the world prior to the September 4 incident.
In the lawsuit, filed in US District Court
in New York, Bouchard said she suffered a severe head injury that caused her to
step away from the WTA Tour.
Bouchard slipped after her third-round
victory over Dominika Cibulkova, falling backward and landing on the back of
her head. She was forced to withdraw from tournaments in Tokyo and Wuhan, China
"I thought I was physically ready, but
unfortunately, the symptoms of my concussion came back," Bouchard said
after the Wuhan withdrawal. "I hope to get well soon and look forward to
returning next year."