Taylor Townsend (tennis)
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
April 16, 1996 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Turned pro||December 2012|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 94 (16 February 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 172 (24 May 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2015)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||1R (2014)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 111 (19 October 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 107 (24 May 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||3R (2011)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||SF (2014)|
|Last updated on: 8 February 2016.|
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 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. She again also won 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 twentieth seed and no. 1 Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet in the second round to become the first American woman to advance to the third round. Townsend then lost to fourteenth seed Carla Suárez 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 the 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."
The 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, they 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
|Winner||1.||27 April 2014||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Montserrat González||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||4 May 2014||Indian Harbour Beach, United States||Clay||Yulia Putintseva||6–1, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1.||24 April 2016||Dothan, United States||Clay||Rebecca Peterson||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||30 April 2016||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Grace Min||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||8 May 2016||Indian Harbour Beach, United States||Clay||Jennifer Brady||3–6, 5–7|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||22 September 2013||Albuquerque, United States||Hard||Melanie Oudin|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Runner-up||2.||3 November 2013||New Braunfels, United States||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Anna Tatishvili
|6–3, 3–6, [11–13]|
|Winner||1.||27 April 2014||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Irina Falconi
|Winner||2.||4 May 2014||Indian Harbour Beach, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Jan Abaza
|Winner||3.||31 October 2014||Toronto, Canada||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|7–5, 4–6, [15–13]|
|Winner||4.||10 May 2015||Indian Harbour Beach, United States||Clay||Maria Sanchez|| Angelina Gabueva
|Runner-up||3.||31 January 2016||Maui, United States||Hard||Jessica Pegula|| Asia Muhammad
|2–6, 6–3, [6–10]|
|Winner||5.||28 February 2016||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Jessica Pegula
|Winner||6.||3 April 2016||Osprey, United States||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Louisa Chirico
|6–1, 6–7 (5–7) , [10–4]|
|Winner||7.||16 April 2016||Pelham, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Sophie Chang
|Winner||8.||24 April 2016||Dothan, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Caitlin Whoriskey
|Winner||9.||30 April 2016||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| Alexandra Panova
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". 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. 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 Washington. May 16, 2014.
- "Teen Tennis Star's Success is a Powerful Argument Against Body-Shaming". September 17, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taylor Townsend.|
- Taylor Townsend at the Women's Tennis Association
- Taylor Townsend at the International Tennis Federation
- Taylor Townsend at the Fed Cup
- CoreTennis profile
- 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