Taylor Townsend (tennis)
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
April 16, 1996 |
|Turned pro||December 2012|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|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.
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, 6–7(1), 2–6
- One $10,000 event in Atlanta, GA, in July, losing to Alexis King, 4–6, 3–6
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
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." 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
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner–up||1.||August 3, 2013||Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States||Hard||Eugenie Bouchard|| Shuko Aoyama
Junior Grand Slam Finals
|Winner||2012||Australian Open||Hard||Yulia Putintseva||6–1, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-Up||2013||Wimbledon||Grass||Belinda Bencic||4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
- Taylor Townsend, America’s Latest Tennis Prodigy, Prepares to Turn Pro
- "Why the USTA Benched America's Best Junior". Wall Street Journal. 8 September 2012.
- 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