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(CBS Sports)   Meet Taylor Townsend, the number 1-ranked girls' junior tennis player in the world. To the USTA, however, she's just a fatty fat fatty who didn't deserve to be at the U.S. Open   (cbssports.com) divider line 44
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2012-09-12 12:33:34 AM  
Ugh. What a chunk. Eye bleach please.
 
2012-09-12 12:47:14 AM  
What the hell, she's not even THAT big! If she's a strong competitor, let the little stick ladies compete against her. If they can't hack it that's their problem.
 
2012-09-12 12:56:00 AM  
I don't think she's as big as Bethanie Mattek, and no one complains about her, they just laugh at the outfits she wears.
 
2012-09-12 01:12:22 AM  
So, essentially, the USTA doesn't think Townsend is going to be able to compete at her size. Nevermind that she won the Australian Open junior title this year and that SHE IS THE NO. 1-RANKED JUNIOR IN THE WORLD.

Who needs a good cock punch?

Yes, that's right, The USTA does. Farkin' Yeesh.
 
2012-09-12 01:16:08 AM  
She sounds fat.
 
2012-09-12 01:41:59 AM  
Lindsay Davenport was a chunky kid and she did pretty well. You want her thinner? Change women's matches to best of 5.
 
2012-09-12 01:47:37 AM  
Look at what you've done, Williams sisters. The world needs these European and Russian women in sports, they just do. They inspire us all to work a little harder and to do our best.

I decided to GIS who this Townsend woman lost to, and this is her:

www4.pictures.zimbio.com
 
2012-09-12 02:03:56 AM  
The USTA's position on the issue is so absurd that I'm going to choose to believe it's been reported incorrectly.
 
2012-09-12 04:03:42 AM  
Is she the one that goes Wooeee! Wooee! Wooee! every time she hits the ball?
 
2012-09-12 04:29:32 AM  
This is still okay though?

therealrevo.com 

/hot
//hot
///but sad.
 
2012-09-12 04:35:47 AM  
Winning is everything.
 
2012-09-12 04:59:22 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
That racquet does not look regulation to me. 
 
2012-09-12 05:51:10 AM  
No Serena references yet?
 
2012-09-12 06:00:04 AM  
i don't think it is a big deal. they are not trying to prevent her from competing like the author claims they simply pulled her sponsorship and are probably giving it to someone they feel is more deserving at the moment.
 
2012-09-12 06:06:06 AM  

iron_city_ap: No Serena references yet?


This girl doesn't have a penis.
 
2012-09-12 07:08:13 AM  
Well golly she's the NUMBER ONE JUNIOR PLAYER IN THE WORLD so her coaches should just let her do whatever the fark she wants. Dear CBSSports, sometimes coaches bench their star players to get a message through their thick skulls.... and also to reward less talented players who actuallly do what the coaches ask of them.
 
2012-09-12 07:48:28 AM  

starlost: i don't think it is a big deal. they are not trying to prevent her from competing like the author claims they simply pulled her sponsorship and are probably giving it to someone they feel is more deserving at the moment.


"more deserving" doesn't mean "less capable athletically but sexier"
 
2012-09-12 08:01:46 AM  
My neighborhood tennis person suggests it isn't about her weight or the US Open in particular but that the USTA thinks that as a junior she has been playing too much and would be healthier and better off tenniswise in the long run if she would sit out for a while, so they're not encouraging her to play tournaments for now because they see her future stardom as more important than anything she's doing as a junior. I have no idea, but that makes more sense to me than some kind of punishment for her weight, which looks normal enough anyway.
 
2012-09-12 08:18:51 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

First she breaks up Seth and Summer, then she becomes a tennis star?
 
2012-09-12 08:31:54 AM  
Yeah, her weight looks a bit higher than a normal tennis star, but nothing out of the ordinary for it.
 
2012-09-12 08:32:44 AM  

Ebbelwoi: Well golly she's the NUMBER ONE JUNIOR PLAYER IN THE WORLD so her coaches should just let her do whatever the fark she wants. Dear CBSSports, sometimes coaches bench their star players to get a message through their thick skulls.... and also to reward less talented players who actuallly do what the coaches ask of them.


If she's playing competitive tennis, she's pretty healthy, even if she's carrying more weight than she should.

And being the number 1 junior player in the world means you should be able to compete.
 
2012-09-12 08:48:50 AM  
For what it's worth, Townsend and her mother aren't upset about it. They told Perrotta they are grateful for everything the USTA has already done for them.

So if both the player and her mom aren't upset about it, why is this a story? I wonder if she was white would CBS be making a big deal about it.
 
2012-09-12 08:56:49 AM  
I watch tennis for the racks...err rackets.
 
2012-09-12 09:52:04 AM  
Nobody complains when they give an NFL lineman a weight limit, and even pay him far less money if he doesn't make weight. But once it's a girl OMG OPRESSION BY SOCIETY

There's probably a better way for the USTA to motivate her than withholding their support, but seriously if someone is under-18 and an athlete and doesn't have their weight under control? It's only going to get far, far worse.
 
2012-09-12 09:56:24 AM  

Waldo Pepper: For what it's worth, Townsend and her mother aren't upset about it. They told Perrotta they are grateful for everything the USTA has already done for them.

So if both the player and her mom aren't upset about it, why is this a story? I wonder if she was white would CBS be making a big deal about it.


They should. The USTA has every right to protect (whatever they think of as) its image, but they do not (should not) have the ability to say to the #1-ranked player at any level that she's doing it wrong.

D-linemen (ends, usually) are 300-lb behemoths who can usually do some pretty athletic things IRL (one IIRC who can do a standing backflip). Sure, they're 6'4, 6'6, but if by every measure they're "unhealthy" yet they can outrun, outjump, out-stamina and - most importantly - outperform their peers, they "beat" you at your own "game".

Perhaps your measurements needs tweaking to account for willpower.
 
2012-09-12 09:56:39 AM  
Also, check out the totally 1-sided blogger prose:

Unfortunately, Townsend ended up losing the match to No. 12 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 6-4, denying her of a second grand slam title this year. It's hard to think the distraction of this story didn't play at least some sort of a role.

Yeah, and as long as we're just completely speculating: maybe her weight problem is catching up with her and limiting her progress.
 
2012-09-12 10:06:44 AM  
I can see the point of view of the USTA. Who gives a crap where she's ranked as a junior. Nobody cares. They're trying to get her in the best shape possible to compete on the regular tour. Sure she has enough talent to beat kids but what will happen if she steps on the court against real players?
 
2012-09-12 10:14:40 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: My neighborhood tennis person suggests it isn't about her weight or the US Open in particular but that the USTA thinks that as a junior she has been playing too much and would be healthier and better off tenniswise in the long run if she would sit out for a while, so they're not encouraging her to play tournaments for now because they see her future stardom as more important than anything she's doing as a junior. I have no idea, but that makes more sense to me than some kind of punishment for her weight, which looks normal enough anyway.


OK this makes more sense to me than "ZOMG UR TOO FAT! NO TOURNAMENT FOR YOU!"
 
2012-09-12 10:22:52 AM  

Christian Bale: Nobody complains when they give an NFL lineman a weight limit, and even pay him far less money if he doesn't make weight. But once it's a girl OMG OPRESSION BY SOCIETY

There's probably a better way for the USTA to motivate her than withholding their support, but seriously if someone is under-18 and an athlete and doesn't have their weight under control? It's only going to get far, far worse.


we need a nanny state stat.
 
2012-09-12 10:32:20 AM  
Ugh, terrible article - misses all of the important points.

1) The U.S. Open JUNIORS tournament - we're not talking about some phenom kid playing in the big show with the adults.

2) She's ranked #1 but she bombed out in the quarterfinals. Cruised through first round, squeaked out a 7-6/7-5 win to an unranked opponent in the second, and got blown up by a #12 ranked opponent in the quarters.


3) So there is obviously something way off in her game - #1's don't struggle like that. The USTA coaches probably knew exactly how badly this was going to turn out so they didn't want her to go - tennis is an intensely mental sport and a bruised psyche and confidence can cause much bigger problems than a simple conditioning issue.

But yeah, they should have handled it better. Something's clearly going off the rails but they should have figured out a better way to explain it to her and to the press who were going to find out about it one way or another.
 
2012-09-12 10:57:49 AM  

RminusQ: [upload.wikimedia.org image 225x300]

First she breaks up Seth and Summer, then she becomes a tennis star?


I thought it was Seth's pathological lying and Summer's latent realization that she's actually wanted to do something with her life.
 
2012-09-12 11:03:54 AM  
She's so fat that the server broke under her weight, apparently.
 
2012-09-12 11:16:12 AM  

cefm: 3) So there is obviously something way off in her game - #1's don't struggle like that.


What the hell? Making it to the quarterfinals and losing to a 12 seed is supposedly indicative of something being horribly wrong? that's a bit of an overreaction.
 
2012-09-12 11:24:55 AM  

JohnBigBootay: cefm: 3) So there is obviously something way off in her game - #1's don't struggle like that.

What the hell? Making it to the quarterfinals and losing to a 12 seed is supposedly indicative of something being horribly wrong? that's a bit of an overreaction.


Top US Open upsets, as of August 2010 lists several #1s losing to unranked players (including JohnnyMac).
 
2012-09-12 11:26:05 AM  
No racism in tennis. Nope, nothing to see here.
 
2012-09-12 11:44:05 AM  
It's because she is black.
The USTA is counting down the days to the giant party they are throwing when Venus and Serena retire.
 
2012-09-12 11:59:49 AM  

Neeek: RminusQ: [upload.wikimedia.org image 225x300]

First she breaks up Seth and Summer, then she becomes a tennis star?

I thought it was Seth's pathological lying and Summer's latent realization that she's actually wanted to do something with her life.


Fark, man, I don't remember the DETAILS.

/god I'm ashamed I watched that show
 
2012-09-12 12:26:22 PM  

Triumph: Lindsay Davenport was a chunky kid and she did pretty well. You want her thinner? Change women's matches to best of 5.


Never could understand why everyone was in such a huff about making sure the mens' and womens' prize money was the same. The maximum number of sets a woman could possibly play while winning a tournament - and losing one-third of them along the way - was the *minimum* that a man had to play to win a tournament, while not losing any. That doesn't seem fair to me, unless the women are being compensated for their noisemaking as well.
 
2012-09-12 12:29:02 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Top US Open upsets, as of August 2010 lists several #1s losing to unranked players (including JohnnyMac).


Exactly. Happens at the highest levels. The juniors are certainly much less predictable. It wasn't even that bad a tournament (a really 'bad' tournament would be losing in the second or even first round), just a bad match.
 
2012-09-12 01:05:18 PM  
Perhaps people who know more about tennis than everyone posting in this thread combined believe that she's risking long term injury to her knees, hips, and ankles?

Nope, must be tennis racism.
 
2012-09-12 01:14:38 PM  
Uhm, if she is still in juniors, then she'll never make it as a pro.

It is like people saying, if I win the NCAA, then I'll go pro. Dude, if you are still not pro by 18, it's too late. And it's even more true for the girls.
 
2012-09-12 06:34:33 PM  

SevenizGud: Uhm, if she is still in juniors, then she'll never make it as a pro.

It is like people saying, if I win the NCAA, then I'll go pro. Dude, if you are still not pro by 18, it's too late. And it's even more true for the girls.


She may not be on the level of someone like Williams or Sharapova, but it hardly seems fair to say that Townsend won't make it in tennis at all just because she's the #1 ranked junior at age 16. (Serena was 16 before she won her first main draw match, by the way.)

/John Isner turned pro at 22
//helps to be 6'9" or whatever
 
2012-09-13 01:43:28 AM  

Daniels: Perhaps people who know more about tennis than everyone posting in this thread combined believe that she's risking long term injury to her knees, hips, and ankles?

Nope, must be tennis racism.


1. How is that their problem?

2. She's not even that big. What, size 10 or 12? Who are they to judge?
 
2012-09-13 11:50:11 PM  

octopied: Daniels: Perhaps people who know more about tennis than everyone posting in this thread combined believe that she's risking long term injury to her knees, hips, and ankles?

Nope, must be tennis racism.

1. How is that their problem?

2. She's not even that big. What, size 10 or 12? Who are they to judge?



Who are they? They're the association that seeks to promote players to greatness. Having seen many a fatty try and fail to reach the next level, they know what needs to be done if she wants to get there.

Seriously, I can't even believe anyone is arguing that an overweight 16-year-old tennis player is a perfectly fine thing. Have our standards lowered so much that this is something that's acceptable? No wonder we're heading toward 75% obesity in this country.
 
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