Was the number one junior tennis champ benched for being “too fat”?
Sixteen-year-old tennis prodigy Taylor Townsend is the world’s No. 1 junior girls player, with several titles — including Australian Open junior singles champion and Wimbledon junior doubles champion — already under her belt. What she isn’t is thin. Despite her mastery of the court, Townsend has been benched from further tournament appearances by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), with which she is part of a four-year development program, until she improves her “overall fitness.”
Though the USTA cites Taylor’s health as their top concern, critics have called the decision discriminatory, and cited the success of curvier players like Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport as proof that women of all body types can compete on an international level.