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Tennis Star Told She’s “Too Fat” Succeeds Anyway | Healthy Black Woman

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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.

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  1. Davy de Verteuil

    June 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    White America are always concerned about ambitious talented gifted Black folks, they just love to preserve our lives as slaves dropouts and drug addicts.
    They are always eager to dissing us the minute we challenge that white supermodel pumped up by farcical media makeover and steroids.

    Phat women are not always like fat men-Whipp their arse Girl and knock these racist phoney Sport Scientist back into their make belief academy.

    We Black folks can do anything-just stay out of our way-which should be the last act of reparations!


    June 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    If we as AFRICAN-AMERICAN people are so concerned about injustices towards our truly gifted and talented young people,why are we not supporting them when we hear of these things?We should set up funds to make sure that “money”is not an issue for those concerned.I am sick and tired of this.If we are that concerned,’THEN SHOW THEM,OUR GIFTED,SOME MONEY.Her weight situation should be challenged legally because it sounds very discriminatory to me!!

  3. Radar

    June 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Lyndsey Davenport was a HUGE ONE! but white. So no uproar!?? #IJS

  4. Radar

    June 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Lyndsey Davenport was a HUGE ONE but white, so no uproar!?? #IJS & Rene Richards was a man & they let him/her play?

  5. Regina

    June 6, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Gurl, go on with yo’ bad self. You have a talent and a gift and don’t let those crakas try to take that away from you.

  6. Akbar

    June 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    If Richard Williams had not broken the protocol of entering Venus and then Serena into all of the junior tournaments that the USTA recommended and was demanding, the impact of their story would not have been felt the way that it is today. When you have a vision, you have to break the rules. Venus was showing the best of them up and then showed up the pros too as a teen! A skinny Black girl from Compton?! Yeah, that was a great rule to break because it inspired others to follow their vision and not always the rules.

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