Lawsuit hits the net as court rules in tennis dispute

FENTON, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has ruled against a former high school student who sued after being injured during tennis practice.

Bradley Trecha suffered severe injuries when a ball hit by a teammate struck him in the eye at practice at Fenton High School in 2016.

Brenden Remillard admits he didn't look before hitting a ball out of frustration after losing a practice match. Trecha accused Remillard of negligence or gross negligence. But a Genesee County judge ruled in favor of Remillard and dismissed the case. The appeals court agreed.

"In a team practice with multiple participants playing in close proximity, it is reasonable to foresee that participants will cease hitting tennis balls at different times, even when the coach says that practice is over," the court said.

The court noted that Remillard quickly apologized - and got an ice pack for Trecha.

Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2020