Tennis Star Told She’s “Too Fat” Succeeds Anyway

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By: Krystle Crossman

18 year old Taylor Townsend is a formidable tennis player. She has just made history as the youngest person ever to advance to the third round of the French Open. She was ranked 205th when she beat Alize Cornet who was ranked 21st. This record would not have happened if the U.S. Tennis Association had gotten their way. They said that they were considering not letting her continue in the competition and would not support her efforts until she lost weight. This was two years ago when she was just 16 years old.

Townsend persevered and went to the tournament. She did not have the support of the USTA which meant that she had to pay all of her own travel expenses out of pocket. But it was all worth it once she had played. She won the junior doubles title. She advanced to the quarterfinals for singles. She also won the Junior Australian Open in the singles and doubles category as well as the junior doubles title at Wimbledon. She is a force to be reckoned with and will not let anyone take her down because of her weight. The USTA states that they are not supportive of her because they are thinking about her long-term health and her development as a player over time. They feel that her weight would hinder these two things.

Serena Williams gives her full support to Townsend. She had once been on the receiving end of criticism about her weight as well. She said that everyone should get to play and that it was harder for women because they are overly scrutinized. Townsend separated from the coaches that she had been training with and is now training with two tennis pros instead. If anything all of the negative feedback and lack of support from the Tennis Association has helped Townsend as she is more determined as ever.

She recently joined forces with the USTA again, they gave her the money back for her travel expenses that they did not pay, and they are supporting her in her journey.

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  1. Yvette Holloway on

    Congratulations to Townsend!!! U go girl!!! Don’t let nobody tell you anything negative about your weight – the sky is the limit for you young sister!!! Keep making it do what it DO!!! Love you!

    Praises to Serena for speaking up!

  2. Serena Williams’ action proves that when we support each other in our pursuits, success is unavoidable. She is training her successor, what a great legacy to the world of tennis.

  3. They will always tell you you’re not good enough.Some Black people will tell you to accept that line of thought.The Hell with both of those, go and do you.

  4. Fat my a$$. She’s in better shape than most skinny “in shape” people.

    I applaud this young woman and I was her many years of good health and prosperity.

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