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Taylor Townsend smashing stereotypes amid her French Open success


PARIS -- For all the statistics that gird that the Roger Federer -- Rafael Nadal rivalry, this one gets us every time: they are the exact the same weight. Wait. How can they each weigh 187 pounds? Their bodies are completely different. Just look at their arms. Federer's have the circumference of car antennae. Nadal looks like he wears muscles as a fashion statement. Those 187 pounds are distributed in such different ways.

Oh, and they're the same height, too, 6-1 or 185 centimeters. This, too, doesn't seem right. To the naked eye, Federer appears taller. Even the unfortunate animal metaphors imply difference. Nadal is the bull, burrowing low to the ground; Federer, we're so often told, has that equine grace.

Add this to the list of tennis' virtues: it can accommodate such a wide swatch of physiques and body types. Ivo Karlovic and John Isner -- both still in the 2014 French Open field, as I write this -- are worthy of an NBA front line, standing 6-10 and 6-8 respectively. Meanwhile, David Ferrer, who reached the finals last year, wouldn't look out of place riding atop California Chrome. With extreme generosity, Ferrer is listed at 5-9, 160 pounds. The differences might be even more pronounced in the women's game. At 5-3, Dominika Cibulkova, the No. 9-seed who lost to Sam Stosur in the third round, would be in the front row of the class photo. At 6-2, Maria Sharapova, the No. 7-seed, would be in the back row. If the media guides are to be believed, they are in the same weight class.

Which brings us to Taylor Townsend. The 18-year-old from Atlanta has been one of the week one revelations of this tournament, reaching the third round with a funky and sometimes dazzling display of tennis. Here's Andy Murray's assessment: "I love the way she plays. This is a player who has a lot of talent. A talent that is rarely seen, either in men or in women."

NGUYEN: What you need to know about Taylor Townsend

One passing glance at Townsend and it's clear that she takes the stereotype of what a tennis player "should" look like and doesn't just shatter it; she then grinds it into fine, red clay. Still, observers have gone to extremes not to mention Townsend's physique. There's history here, of course. The USTA's clumsiness on this topic two years ago created a p.r. fiasco that persists.

"Just don't go there," one producer was overheard telling an announcer.


With some trepidation, we'll try the opposite tack and go there.

There's something that is, at best, disingenuous and, at worst, dishonest about declaring the topic off-limits for discussion.

"We would never be talking about this if [Townsend] were a man," a former champion argued to me.

Totally disagree. Not only would we. We do. All the time. The NFL combine is basically a livestock show, where potential investors poke and prod and measure physical attributes of the specimens on display. The first day in any sport's training camp doubles as an opportunity to assess which players worked out in the offseason and which haven't. Even in tennis, bodies are on the table for discussion. Sharapova and Murray needed to add body mass; Mardy Fish needed to lose some.

In sports -- women's sports especially -- weight is coded as "fitness," as if to emphasize that we're not talking leeringly about looks or aesthetics, but, rather, performance. It's a work-related. Fine, but then we must make this point about Taylor Townsend: the evidence that her physique hinders her tennis is scant at best. In her second round match, she played 30 games over three sets and almost two-and-a-half hours against France's Alize Cornet (who goes 5-8, 139 pounds) Townsend won thrillingly, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and was hardly winded.

What about her movement? Cornet hit the ball past Townsend 18 times. Townsend hit the ball past Cornet 43 times. What about back-to-front? Taylor went to the net 30 times and won 21 points. How much better would she be if she got fit, you ask? Says here, that's a faulty premise. We're not convinced she's unfit.

Today, there was little magic left in her wand. In barely an hour, she fell 6-2, 6-2 to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. She sprayed shots and made questionable decisions and missed one shot so badly she laughed out loud. But it wasn't because of compromised mobility or stamina.


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Originally posted by starflower7 starflower7 wrote:

Didn't read the article but they are being racist. I feel that if she were white and showed this much promise, they would work with her. Tennis is still seen as a white sport so they probably begrudge her her talent. They would rather see a white girl get shine.

EXACTLY!!!! As Bob Marley says, "they say kill dem before they grow!" 
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Shameful but good for her!  I'm so sick of this idea that we are supposed to look like them or vice versa.  Enough already.  Be great.
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i just read the OP and instantly thought girl shame them

And now I see she has 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ModelessDiva Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 30 2014 at 10:08pm
if this is what people consider fat lol... it is a sad day in america...

ion see nothing wrong with her body

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ModelessDiva Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 30 2014 at 10:13pm
you have to be in top shape to make it as a pro at tennis..if you are slow or get "out of breath" quickly you will not get very far

clearly shes doing just fine...
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Muscle equals bulk.   Not necessarily Fat.

If I am #1, why would I care about the naysayers.

There would always be someone trying to blow your candle out so theirs appear to shine brighter.


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