The USTA raised a few eyebrows when it refused to fund Taylor Townsend’s US Open berth. Townsend is 16 years old and is the number one junior women’s tennis player in the world. The USTA has made an attempt in recent years to take a firmer hand in developing talent and Taylor Townsend is just that. So why would the USTA refuse to help get her on the court?
Her size and health, according to Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA player development program. McEnroe states that the decision to bench Townsend was based solely on the association’s desire to develop Townsend’s career for the long term.