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Taylor Townsend

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Bio Taylor Townsend is an American professional tennis player. She reached a career-best WTA ranking of No. 61 in July 2018.
Taylor was born in Chicago to Devin and Sheila Townsend. Her parents are both high school administrators, and her mother used to work as a
banker. Sheila played Division II tennis at Lincoln University in
Missouri. Taylor has an older sister, Symone, who played college tennis at Florida A&M.

Townsend started playing tennis at the age of six and was one of the
first junior players to participate in the XS Tennis program run by
Kamau Murray. Murray is better known for coaching Sloane Stephens to a grand slam title. When she was eight years old, she moved to Atlanta to continue training with Donald Young's father. Townsend's mother is a close friend of Donald Young Sr., as the two of them grew up together on the South Side of Chicago, where they trained at the same tennis
centre. At age 14, Townsend moved to Boca Raton, Florida, to join the
USTA development program. When the USTA decided not to fund Townsend's expenses to compete at the 2012 US Open, Murray and XS Tennis organized a fundraiser to cover nearly $1000 of the cost of the trip. After that, Townsend split time training with Murray in Chicago and Zina Garrison in the Washington DC area. Since 2015, Donald Young Sr. has again served as her coach. Townsend tries to model her game after her tennis idol, Martina Navratilova.

She was named the ITF Junior World Champion in 2012 for finishing the year No. 1 in the girls' junior rankings, making her the first American to do so since 1982.

Townsend won the 2012 Australian Open junior tournament at the age of 15 to become only the second American to ever win that title after Kim Kessaris in 1989. She also won the doubles title at the same event to become the first American to win both the singles and doubles titles at a junior Grand Slam event since Lindsay Davenport accomplished the feat at the 1992 US Open. A few months later, Townsend won the Easter Bowl to help complete her rise to No. 1 in the ITF junior rankings before the end of April.
Townsend continued her junior Grand Slam success in doubles that year by winning the Junior Wimbledon title with Eugenie Bouchard and the US Open title with Gabrielle Andrews, with whom she also partnered at the Australian Open. The only Grand Slam that eluded Townsend was the French Open, where she lost in the semifinals while partnering with Bouchard. Additionally, she was able to win the US Open title in spite of being asked to sit out that tournament by the USTA over fitness concerns. This was only the seventh year where a player or team was able to win three out of four Grand Slam doubles titles, with senior Grand Slam winners Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens among the others to complete this task. Townsend finished the season as the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, for which she was named the 2012 ITF Junior World Champion. She became the first American girl to hold this honor since Gretchen Rush in 1982.

Townsend continued to play on the junior tour in 2013 and reached another Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon, this time losing to Belinda Bencic. She also competed in the USTA Junior National Championship as the No. 4 seed and was knocked out in the semifinals by No. 2 Allie Kiick.
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