Every day there is a new study, a new case, a new something that deals with one of the fastest growing epidemics in this country, childhood obesity. So when I read the story about 16-year-old Taylor Townsend not being allowed to play tennis in New York I was shocked.
Did I mention that Townsend is the No. 1 ranked junior women’s tennis player in the world?
It’s reported that Townsend and the United State Tennis Association (USTA) are at odds when it comes to Townsend’s weight. It was first reported by the Wall Street Journal that after winning the 2012 junior Australian Open singles tournament Townsend was advised not to come to New York for the U.S. Open junior tournament per the USTA.
Later Patrick McEnroe, the manager of the USTA player development program, was quoted in the WSJ report, saying that the “concern is her long-term health” and the goal is to have her “competing for major titles when it’s time.”
Another media outlet reported that the USTA recommended Townsend stay home after she was diagnosed with low iron.
Over the weekend Townsend spoke with Good Morning America and said “I didn’t get any definite answer on why they [USTA] didn’t want me to play they just told me that they felt I should focus on my fitness.”
After all of the reports and stories, McEnroe retracted his stance and told ABC that Townsend was never banned by the USTA and they were in the process of reimbursing Townsend for her expenses.
There are so many ways that I could go with this, but the fact that she was asked not come was appalling. With so many of our young people having low self-esteem because of their weight anything that helps them see success is something that is positive. Now I have no idea of the actual weight of Taylor Townsend, but I am pretty sure that she’s not at a point that would cause her harm. My advice to the USTA is to not pick-up the phone and advise their young players to not attend matches, but to pick-up the phone and say ‘How can we help you succeed.’
Just a thought!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,