Taylor Townsend (tennis)

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Taylor Townsend
Taylor Townsend tennis.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
Born (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 18)
Chicago, Illinois
Turned pro December 2012
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $254,062
Singles
Career record 48–29
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 103 (18 August 2014)
Current ranking No. 109 (27 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open DNP
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 1R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 27–15
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 127 (7 July 2014)
Current ranking No. 162 (11 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 3R (2011)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open SF (2014)
Last updated on: 7 July 2014.

Taylor Townsend (born April 16, 1996) is an American professional tennis player and the 2012 Australian Open girls' singles champion. She is the first American to hold the No. 1 year-end world ranking for junior girls since Gretchen Rush in 1982.[1]

Career[edit]

2010[edit]

Townsend took part in only one event in 2010, which was the $10,000 Amelia Island tournament.

2011[edit]

Townsend reached two ITF Circuit semifinals:

Townsend was granted a wildcard into the main draw of the U.S. women's doubles tournament, where she was paired with Jessica Pegula. The pair reached the third round.

2012[edit]

Townsend began the year by winning the Junior Australian Open as the 14th seed, defeating Russian Yulia Putintseva in three sets. Taylor also won the doubles title with fellow American Gabrielle Andrews. Partnering Eugenie Bouchard, she won the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She also won the Junior US Open Doubles Championship partnering with Gabrielle Andrews.

She played in the girls' section of the US Open as top seed.

2013[edit]

Townsend competed in the 2013 Citi Open, playing in the main draw in doubles for the first time. She reached the finals with partner Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

2014[edit]

Townsend won her first ITF title in Charlottesville, defeating Montserrat González in the final. Together with Asia Muhammad she also won doubles competition at the same tournament. Just a week later she won her second ITF title in Indian Harbour Beach, her opponent in the final this time was Yulia Putintseva. And she again won also the doubles competition there.

Townsend won the USTA wild card entry into the French Open,[2] where she made her Grand Slam singles debut ranked No. 205 in the world. In the first round, she defeated fellow American world No. 65 Vania King, and then upset the No. 20 seed and No. 1 Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the second round to become the first American woman to advance to the third round.[3] Townsend then lost to the No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.

2012 US Open Controversy[edit]

Townsend was asked by the USTA to sit out of the 2012 U.S Open Junior tournament due to her weight and also denied her request for a wild card for the U.S. Open main draw or the qualifying tournament which she had received the year before.[4] Patrick McEnroe stated, "Our concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a player. We have one goal in mind: For her to be playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium in the main draw and competing for major titles when it’s time."[5] Townsend was shocked by USTA's decision given the fact that she was the top-ranked junior girl in the world.[6]

The decision was sharply criticized by players like Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova.[7] Sports Illustrated wrote, "Instead of helping a promising young talent gain that confidence and experience gleaned from competing, the USTA has taken a paternalistic tack, deeming itself the arbiter and architect behind Townsend's past, present and future success. It's the arrogance of institution built on the belief that there is a tried-and-true formula to build a champion."[4]

USTA at first refused to pay for Townsend's expenses,[5] so she entered the tournament by paying on her own and was defeated in the quarterfinals by Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. Later, USTA agreed to pay for Townsend's expenses as Patrick McEnroe spoke of a miscommunication.[8] Still, the USTA decision cost Townsend an opportunity to compete for a wild card to enter the main draw of the US Open.[6]

Following the controversy, Townsend split from her USTA coaches and began training with former world No. 4, Olympic doubles gold medalist, and 1990 Wimbledon finalist Zina Garrison, who has been her coach ever since.[9] Townsend is also coached by Kamau Murray, whom she has known since she was 6 years old.[10]

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 3 August 2013 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., USA Hard Canada Eugenie Bouchard Japan Shuko Aoyama
Russia Vera Dushevina
6–3, 6–3

ITF Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 April 2014 United States Charlottesville, USA Clay Paraguay Montserrat González 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 4 May 2014 United States Indian Harbour Beach, USA Clay Kazakhstan Yulia Putintseva 6–1, 6–1

Doubles 5 (3–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 22 September 2013 United States Albuquerque, USA Hard United States Melanie Oudin Greece Eleni Daniilidou
United States Coco Vandeweghe
6–4, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 2. 3 November 2013 United States New Braunfels, USA Hard United States Asia Muhammad Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
United States Coco Vandeweghe
3–6, 6–3, [13–11]
Winner 1. 27 April 2014 United States Charlottesville, USA Clay United States Asia Muhammad United States Irina Falconi
United States Maria Sanchez
6–3, 6–1
Winner 2. 4 May 2014 United States Indian Harbour Beach, USA Clay United States Asia Muhammad United States Jan Abaza
United States Sanaz Marand
6–2, 6–1
Winner 3. 31 October 2014 Canada Toronto, Canada Hard (i) United States Maria Sanchez Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
Germany Tatjana Maria
7–5, 4–6, [15–13]

Junior Grand Slam Finals[edit]

Girls' Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2012 Australian Open Hard Russia Yulia Putintseva 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-Up 2013 Wimbledon Grass Switzerland Belinda Bencic 6–4, 1–6, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A 3R 2–1
Wimbledon A A A 1R 0–1
US Open Q2 A Q3 1R 0–1

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Russia Irina Khromacheva
ITF Junior World Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Switzerland Belinda Bencic