After suffering a head injury and other ailments from a slip-and-fall inside a physical therapy room following her win at the U.S. Open, professional tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is suing the U.S. Tennis Association and the firm that owns the facility. She alleges negligence by both entities caused her fall, which in turn has directly and profoundly impacted her career, costing her to perform badly or bow out of critical matches for which she otherwise might have earned millions, including endorsements.
Although most slip-and-fall cases aren’t this high-stakes or this high-profile, this situation does highlight how greatly a fall like this can affect so many aspects of a person’s life.
According to The New York Times, the lawsuit alleges that in early September, Bouchard entered a physical therapy room after a mixed doubles match and a news conference. As the 21-year-old stepped onto the tile, she immediately slipped on a slippery, foreign substance that was on the floor.