Taylor Townsend (tennis)
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
April 16, 1996 |
|Turned pro||December 2012|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 94 (16 February 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 94 (16 February 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2015)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||1R (2014)|
|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)|
|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.
Townsend took part in only one event in 2010, which was the $10,000 Amelia Island tournament.
Townsend reached two ITF Circuit semifinals:
- One $50,000 event in Carson, CA, in May, losing to Alexa Glatch.
- One $10,000 event in Atlanta, GA, in July, losing to Alexis King.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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. Townsend then lost to the No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.
2012 US Open Controversy
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. 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." Townsend was shocked by USTA's decision given the fact that she was the top-ranked junior girl in the world.
The decision was sharply criticized by players like Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova. 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."
USTA at first refused to pay for Townsend's expenses, 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. Still, the USTA decision cost Townsend an opportunity to compete for a wild card to enter the main draw of the US Open.
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. Townsend is also coached by Kamau Murray, whom she has known since she was 6 years old.
WTA career finals
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner–up||1.||3 August 2013||Citi Open, Washington, D.C., USA||Hard||Eugenie Bouchard|| Shuko Aoyama
ITF Career Finals
Singles: 2 (2–0)
|Winner||1.||27 April 2014||Charlottesville, USA||Clay||Montserrat González||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||4 May 2014||Indian Harbour Beach, USA||Clay||Yulia Putintseva||6–1, 6–1|
Doubles 5 (3–2)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||22 September 2013||Albuquerque, USA||Hard||Melanie Oudin|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Runner-up||2.||3 November 2013||New Braunfels, USA||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Anna Tatishvili
|3–6, 6–3, [13–11]|
|Winner||1.||27 April 2014||Charlottesville, USA||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Irina Falconi
|Winner||2.||4 May 2014||Indian Harbour Beach, USA||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Jan Abaza
|Winner||3.||31 October 2014||Toronto, Canada||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|7–5, 4–6, [15–13]|
Junior Grand Slam Finals
|Winner||2012||Australian Open||Hard||Yulia Putintseva||6–1, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-Up||2013||Wimbledon||Grass||Belinda Bencic||6–4, 1–6, 4–6|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Taylor Townsend, America’s Latest Tennis Prodigy, Prepares to Turn Pro
- "Taylor Townsend: Benched No More".
- "American tennis discovers new star in 18-year-old Taylor Townsend".
- "Taylor Townsend dispute: USTA cuts funding until No. 1 junior loses weight". si.com. Sports Illustrated. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
- "Why the USTA Benched America's Best Junior". Wall Street Journal. 8 September 2012.
- "Taylor Townsend: Benched No More". Wall Street Journal. May 13, 2014.
- "USTA Handling of Top Junior Player Causing Fits". espn.com. EPSN. September 9, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
- "USTA To Pay Townsend's Expenses". Wall Street Journal. 7 September 2012.
- "Zina Garrison Works With Future Tennis Star Taylor Townsend". NBC Washingington. May 16, 2014.
- "Teen Tennis Star's Success is a Powerful Argument Against Body-Shaming". September 17, 2014.
- Rothenberg, Ben, "Atlanta Teenager Wins Singles Title in Australia", New York Times Straight Sets blog, January 28, 2012. "... Townsend became the first American to win the girls’ singles title at the Australian Open since 1989."
- Tennisthis.com, "Taylor Townsend too fat to play the US Open", "...Townsend told to sit out of 2012 US Open Junior Tournament."
|ITF Junior World Champion