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Taylor Townsend

Player Spotlight – Taylor Townsend

Oracle Challenger Series
Feb 1, 2018

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Taylor Townsend developed a love for the game of tennis in the early stages of her youth.  The 22-year-old American tennis player grew up playing the game early and often, which leant her the opportunity to become one of the first junior players to participate in the XS Tennis program run by Kamau Murray on Chicago’s South Side. With sights set on jumpstarting her junior career at age 14, Townsend moved to Boca Raton, Florida to begin training in the USTA Development Program. She showed immediate potential and grabbed the attention of many close to the game during her time on campus.

As a junior, Townsend captured the 2012 Australian Open Junior Championship in both singles and doubles. She continued her impressive run that year by winning the Wimbledon and US Open Juniors Doubles Titles in route to holding the ITF Juniors No. 1 ranking.

As a young American on the rise, Townsend took home the doubles title at the 2018 Oracle Challenger Series – Indian Wells event alongside partner Yanina Wickmayer, before entering the qualifying draw of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Townsend would go on to advance through qualifying, defeating Naomi Broady and Andrea Petkovic before falling in round one of the main draw to fellow Oracle Challenger Series winner Danielle Collins.

Townsend is currently ranked No. 61 in the WTA rankings.

Fun facts about Taylor Townsend:

  • Has a life-long dream of meeting Beyoncé
  • Has a dog named Sochi and a cat named Gilligan
  • Tennis idol growing up was Martina Navratilova
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