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 $98,140
Career record 35–26
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 274 (September 9, 2013)
Current ranking No. 347 (April 14, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior  W (2012)
French Open Junior QF (2013)
Wimbledon Junior F (2013)
US Open Junior  QF (2012)
Career record  18–15
Career titles  0
Highest ranking No. 187 (February 24, 2014)
Current ranking No. 193 (April 14, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open Junior W (2012)
French Open Junior  SF (2012)
Wimbledon Junior W (2012)
US Open  3R (2011)
US Open Junior  W (2012)
Last updated on: April 16, 2014.

Taylor Townsend (born April 16, 1996) is a professional American 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]



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


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.


Townsend began the year by winning the Junior Australian Open as the 14th seed, defeating Russian Yulia Putintseva for the championship, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. 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.

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. Patrick McEnroe states, "Our concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a player,” said McEnroe, “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. That’s how we make every decision, based on that."[2] Townsend entered the tournament by paying her own way to the tournament, though she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 4-6, 4-6.

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

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. August 3, 2013 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard Canada Eugenie Bouchard Japan Shuko Aoyama
Russia Vera Dushevina
3–6, 3–6

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 4–6, 6–1, 6–4


External links[edit]

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