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    Default Teen Was Told She Was Too Big For Tennis

    Teen Was Told She Was Too Big For Tennis

    An 18-year-old American tennis player, Taylor Townsend, beat the No. 1-ranked French player Alize Cornet on her own soil in the second round of the French Open this year. The Chicago teen didnt just make a powerful statement by winning and advancing in the tournament, Townsends victory also sent a message to those who discriminate against female athletes on body image.

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    s a junior player, Townsend was a tennis phenom. She won the girls singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, the doubles title at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the singles title at the prestigious Easter Bowl in 2012. That year, Townsend also became the first American to hold the year-end No. 1 junior ranking since 1982.

    However, there was a problem. At 170 pounds, Townsend didnt match the stereotype of the tall, thin, female tennis player. And for those at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), her wins werent enough. The USTA denied her travel expenses to the U.S. Open two years ago until she got in better shape.


    Apparently, Townsends USTA coaches wanted her to slim down. Although Townsend had long given up eating burgers and junk food, her body size wasnt up to snuff in the eyes of the USTA. Earlier that year, they also made her withdraw from tournaments to work double time on her fitness.

    That a young, world-class player was denied support due to her body size and not her results is infuriating. But Townsend did just fine at the U.S. Open that USTA didnt want her to attend that year. She reached the quarters and won the junior doubles title. As her mother remarked after the tournament, Serena cant look like Sharapova.

    And that is something that more people need to understand. Not all female athletes can look svelte, and they shouldnt be forced to. Though it was tough for Townsend to cope with the fuss surrounding her weight, she said she drew support from social media. Off the court too, Townsend is a delight to watch, with her declared love for Roger Federer and her Nae Nae victory dance.

    The biggest thing was just getting her to understand that shes fine, her coach, Zina Garrison, told the New York Times. Everybody doesnt have the same shape of our bodies. Shes very clear on that now.
    I challenge over half of these girls out here to do some of the stuff that she does.
    Body image issues have been a topic of debate among female tennis players specifically for some time now. Athletes from Martina Navratilova to world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams have received flak for their bodies.
    My sister Venus was so tall and slim, and just being in a society where a lot of people are really thin, it was hard especially as an athlete, Serena said last year. No athlete has boobs like me, but I had to learn how to embrace myself and embrace my curves and thats something a lot of people can relate to.
    Serena put that all behind her to become one of the most successful women tennis players and although Townsend was knocked out of the French Open by Carla Suarez Navarro on Friday, she, too, is well on her way to proving she wont let naysayers get in her way.

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    This is great! congrats to this young lady. I didn't know tennis was still pulling this crap after the last flap about her body weight.

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    It's the same okey-doke. We're told that we're not good enough due to our hair texture, body shape, eye color, names or family structure.
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