Eu­ge­nie’s lawyers ac­cuse USTA of de­stroy­ing cam­era footage

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK: At­tor­neys for Eu­ge­nie Bouchard on Tues­day ac­cused the United States Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion of eras­ing se­cu­rity cam­era footage of her fall in the trainer’s room at the 2015 US Open, which re­sulted in a con­cus­sion and a law­suit against the USTA.

Her lawyers said her fall had been caused by a clean­ing sub­stance, with the re­sult­ing in­jury forc­ing her out of the 2015 US Open and sub­se­quent tour­na­ments.

Her at­tor­ney Bene­dict Morelli said the USTA erased the footage even af­ter be­ing told to pre­serve it and asked a fed­eral court judge in Brook­lyn to in­struct the jury that the tape would have re­flected badly on the USTA.

“The USTA in­ten­tion­ally de­stroyed se­cu­rity cam­era footage in an ef­fort to de­prive plain­tiff of ev­i­dence rel­e­vant to her claims in this case,” Eu­ge­nie’s at­tor­neys said in a mo­tion to the court.

“This egre­gious in­frac­tion is the cul­mi­na­tion of a pat­tern and prac­tice by de­fen­dants through­out the dis­cov­ery process dur­ing which they have con­sis­tently played fast and loose with re­tain­ing and divulging crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

A lawyer for the USTA did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call for com­ment.

Eu­ge­nie, 23, has been play­ing out­stand­ing ten­nis lately, beat­ing ri­val Maria Shara­pova in a thrilling sec­ond-round match at the Madrid Open ear­lier this month.

She fol­lowed that up by dis­patch­ing top-seeded Angelique Kerber two days later be­fore los­ing to Svet­lana Kuznetsova in the quar­ter-fi­nals. Reuters

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