#1 Junior Taylor Townsend "Benched" by the USTA

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  1. Alohajrtennis

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    And I have come to the conclusion that you will defend USTA PD no matter what they do or say. You know who butters your bread.

    We actually agree on quite a bit of things, and I recall quite a few times where I have posted as such. For instance, I think we generally agree on TAUT.

    But as far as USTA PD, national competition goes, yeah, we are on opposite side of the issues and I will continue disagree with you as long as you are carrying their water.

    And you're modest, too.
     
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    It would be awesome if Martina Navratilova decided to coach her (far-fetched, I know), but that would be the perfect coach for her in terms of her type of game and also in terms of inspiring attaining optimum fitness.

     
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    Follow up article from WSJ in full:

    September 7, 2012, 5:01 PM ET
    Tennis Legends ‘Livid’ About USTA Decision
    ByTom Perrotta

    The Wall Street Journal reported in Friday’s newspaper that Taylor Townsend, a Chicago native and the No. 1 junior girl tennis player in the world, was benched from tournament play this summer by her coaches at the U.S. Tennis Association because of her fitness. Townsend lost in the quarterfinals of the junior singles tournament Friday afternoon but advanced to the doubles final with her partner, Gabby Andrews.


    Taylor Townsend was benched from tournament play this summer by the U.S. Tennis Association.
    On Friday, the Journal spoke with Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova, two former No. 1 players and Grand Slam champions who struggled with their weight as teenagers and as pros. Davenport and Navratilova were sharply critical of the USTA’s decision.

    “You cannot punish someone for their body type,” Davenport said.

    “I’m livid about it. Livid,” Navratilova said. She added: “It speaks of horrible ignorance.”

    The Wall Street Journal: You struggled with weight as a junior and a pro. What was it like for you growing up?

    Lindsay Davenport: My dad is 6-foot-8. He blew out his knee in 1973, and after bad surgery, an infection ravaged his knee. He hasn’t been able to bend his knee since then. He was probably 150 pounds overweight my whole life. So all through the 80s, when I was a little girl, my dad was huge. My mom was not. But I had this dad with big genes, and we were never thin.

    My first year playing the [12-and-under] nationals in Florida [at age 11], another mom reported me for being too old. And I was standing right there, and my mom was like, “I’ve got news for you, she can play next year, too.” And this woman was like, “Oh my gosh!” I had these big, chubby, baby cheeks and people thought that because I was tall and big, I was older.

    Martina Navratilova: I put on 20 pounds in two weeks when I first came on the tour. I was 16, I played in Fort Lauderdale and then Dallas. By Dallas, I had to buy myself new shorts because I couldn’t fit into my shorts. I was playing three hours a day of tennis, or more. It was a change of metabolism and a change of diet. I wasn’t eating junk food, either. I was just eating too much. I was eating pancakes and steaks and hamburgers, I discovered corn flakes. It was just a different diet completely. I struggled with my weight for four years after that. I didn’t lose it until I was 20. And really, it just came off by itself. I was training hard and it started coming off in 1976.

    How did your coaches approach your development, and how much of that had to do with fitness?

    Davenport: There was a female who was in charge of the [USTA] women’s program in the 90s, Lynne Rolley. Lynne stood by me, was like a mother figure to me. I think she saw it as not only developing these great players, but developing us as people, and teaching us, when you walk into a room, look into someone’s eyes. It wasn’t just about trying to get players on Arthur Ashe. No one ever said to me, you’re fat, you’re heavy. Part of it is trying to figure it out on your own and trying to get the player to realize it. You’re dealing with a really difficult age for girls, and you’re talking about a life-changing, detrimental step. You cannot punish someone for their body type.

    Navratilova: No matter what, the kid is 16. It’s baby fat, it’s going to come off. She would have to starve to the point of where she can’t play to lose weight, so then she can’t compete. And she’s the No. 1 junior. It is absolutely insane what they did, so irresponsible. If anything, play more. Don’t go into the gym. Just watch [what you eat], but in a positive and constructive and long-term way. But to throw this on her at 16? I’m trying to be nice here, but they totally blew it on this one.

    Were there any fitness requirements you had to meet?

    Davenport: When I was growing up, we had these USTA camps and a national team, and we would all go to these camps together. And you had to run a mile and a half in a certain time. I could never sleep the night before, I swear to God. I’m not a runner. I could hit the ball really well, and I liked to play tennis, but it was all getting too serious for me. I’ll never forget the anxiety I would feel the night before a run. And the time, whatever it was, it’s such a doable number now, but I’d be crying and stressed about it. And they would threaten that you couldn’t stay on the team. It didn’t happen, so I don’t know if I made the time, or they just kind of overlooked it.

    When were your worst struggles with weight?

    Davenport: I won the nationals at 15 [in the 18-and-under division]. My heaviest was more at 18, 19, when my parents were getting divorced. But I was never slim. I had an obese father, and we had a great childhood, but a good diet was not part of it, even though I was an athlete. I was not svelte at 15, and I was not fit at 15. If they had told me I could not play, I mean, that could have ruined my career.

    There were definitely people within the USTA who didn’t think I had a chance to make it. I was very fortunate that I had Lynne, who was like, “This girl is doing great, she’s a nice girl, why wouldn’t we help her?” You just can’t turn your back on someone when they’re doing well and they’re a great kid. They’ve helped people with the worst attitudes, and that is way worse to me than someone’s body type.

    Navratilova: What really pisses me off about this is, OK, weight is obvious, but what about attitude? Can we talk about other kids who they have been supporting for years whose attitude sucks and they still support them? I’m livid about it. Livid.

    Is there a “too early” for off-court training like a pro would do?

    Navratilova: Absolutely. Absolutely. I say play other sports, because that helps you become a better athlete, and most of all it makes you happy. I didn’t do core training when I was 16, I was climbing trees. I was swimming in the river, I was playing hockey, I played soccer, I road my bicycle a lot and then I played tennis. I did weight training like two weeks a year.

    Davenport: I think the time is in your late teens. If you look at Martina Hingis, that great year she had in 1997, she was a twig, but it was just her tennis. Everyone has started doing things earlier, but that pressure is just exploding, and the long-term consequences of what potentially just happened I think are far worse than the benefit.

    How much does fitness matter in tennis, say from your days on tour compared to now?

    Davenport: It seems to have gone to where it’s a bit more than in the 90s, but it’s still about hitting the ball well. It’s still, in women’s tennis, about the chance to overpower someone. Certainly it’s a more important component when you get older, but it’s not that important when you’re 15, 16 years old. And I think that we’ve seen cases, Martina [Navratilova], myself, where people get over that, and we’ve seen the opposite where eating disorders occur.

    [Taylor] is a baby to me. I couldn’t imagine, if someone did that to one of my kids, that would be the end of it. It’s horrible to put that kind of pressure on someone. I can’t imagine at 16 what my parents would have done.

    What does a kid like Taylor, at her age, need most?

    Davenport: I might take it the opposite way. They need love and support and good role models, and good role models aren’t people who punish and don’t allow things to happen. What really helped for me to lose weight was to try to have fun in the beginning, and just learning things like, you don’t want to eat bread at dinner. You just need to nurture them and I think that’s how it gets better.

    If the goal is developing top pros, is that too narrow, or missing the bigger picture?

    Davenport: Their whole goal should be to try to develop this player into the best player they can be, and the best person and try to teach them tools to go through life, and hopefully that includes playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium. If this is the player you’re choosing to help, you think they’re going to be good, it’s up to you to make them get there, to bring out their best as a coach.

    Bringing out their best isn’t making them feel bad about themselves and having a horrible self-image. You get it out of them by getting them happy, by getting them excited to play, not by tearing them down.

    Navratilova: It speaks of horrible ignorance.
     
  5. Tcbtennis

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    I would guess that someone in the USTA PD program leaked this to the WSJ because s/he was outraged by this situation.
     
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    They should do the same with USTA league.

    Way too many portly folks playing 3.5 mixed this season.

    I applaud the USTA for promoting fitness at all levels.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I respect your reply and your position. And please note, I said I was in the neighborhood of the bullseye not on the mark! ;)
     
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    Probably so. Wish TT could've won but at least there are still 2 Americans left.
     
  10. tennis5

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    Maybe.......
    But, if PMac didn't want the story to get out, and he is the "buck stops here" for the story,
    he could have denied it, said there was a miscommunication, etc......

    Instead, he said,
    McEnroe said his development team still hasn't cleared Townsend for tournament play.
    "We'll assess when this tournament is over," he said.

    Pmac is not shying away from the story. Even when politicians do some dumb things, they try to distance themselves from the train wreck.

    I am not sure he even realizes what a colossal PR nightmare this is,
    and that folks shows how out of touch he is with junior tennis in OUR COUNTRY.
     
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    To a career high rank of 39 on the ATP tour in 2011???
     
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    Slate magazine - Sexism?

    This is the Young Tennis Player That the USTA Considers Too Fat to Support
    By Katy Waldman
    Posted Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at 6:52 PM ET
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    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_facto...w_thinks_she_s_too_fat_for_the_u_s_open_.html

    USTA, are you serious? Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
    The United States Tennis Association has served up the outrage of the day, and it’s a doozy. Meet Taylor Townsend, the 16-year-old star from Chicago who is currently the No. 1 junior girls player in the world. She won the junior Australian Open in January and is blazing her way through the U.S. Open teen tournament. If you take a look at her picture, you might flash back to Serena Williams circa 1999: muscled, powerful and young. You might think Lindsay Davenport, all 6-plus feet and 175 pounds of her, knocking forehands into the back of the court. What you won’t think, unless you happen to be a benighted USTA official, is that she’s a fatso who deserves to be denied funding until she slims down.

    Townsend attends a four-year, USTA-sponsored tennis academy in Boca Raton, Fla., which should put the organization on the hook for her coaching and tournament fees. But here’s how Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA's player development program, glosses his decision not to pay her way into the U.S. Open (forcing her mother to swallow the costs): "We have one goal in mind: For [Townsend] to be playing in [Arthur Ashe Stadium] in the main draw and competing for major titles when it's time. That's how we make every decision, based on that."

    Yes. All in the fullness of time, or should I say gauntness? As one Slate colleague observed, if McEnroe had added that it would be Townsend’s “time” when she looked more like Anna Kournikova, he could have saved everyone an additional eye roll. It defies reason that the USTA is purely motivated by questions of health, given the teenage phenom’s sterling results. You simply do not beat the top junior players in the world if you aren’t in great shape. The USTA has fallen prey to the same sexism that plagued the Women’s Tennis Association when it tried to crack down on women grunting mid-shot: an expectation that lady sports be aesthetically pleasing. What’s more, as Deadspin notes, they’ve put themselves in the awkward position of hoping a young talent fizzles out because of the way they’d look if she goes too far without their support.

    Maybe women’s tennis has so soaked up so much publicity from its blond bombshells—Azarenka, Sharapova, Kournikova—that those in charge have somehow mistaken willowy good looks for skill. If anything, beauty can be an albatross on the women’s tour. Kournikova, for instance, had been a brilliant junior player, but she lost focus when she felt she could stop trying and coast on ad and modeling gigs.

    Meanwhile, Townsend’s bill of health is apparently not perfect: She was diagnosed with low iron back in August. I hope she eats a lot of steak.
     
  13. Rob_C

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    Even though I don't agree with this issue being dealt with in public, we don't know the full story.

    IMO, she's clearly overweight, however, she's put up great results, this year, AO, Easter Bowl. I didn't see her name in the draw for the Nat'l 18s, I wonder if this is the reason. I'd read she was injured.

    On the other hand, we don't know what her eating habits are like and we don't know if the USTA has maybe suggested she watch her diet, maybe cut out certain foods or be more disciplined with her eating times & frequency, and we don't kow how she responded to those possible suggestions.

    If she's sneaking junk food after hrs, then I can understand why the USTA would be displeased with her.
     
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    "Bringing out their best isn’t making them feel bad about themselves and having a horrible self-image...[Taylor] is a baby to me. I couldn’t imagine, if some
    one did that to one of my kids, that would be the end of it. It’s horrible to put that kind of pressure on someone. I can’t imagine at 16 what my parents would have done." - LINDSAY DAVENPORT. "I am livid. Livid." - MARTINA NAVRATILOGA

    This hurts my heart on soooo many levels. SURELY there was a better way to have handled such a sensitive topic...Can only imagine how TT must feel about herself right now - how horrible to have your weight a topic for public discussion - such a heartless way to treat a sweet young girl. Gonna reach out to show support for my friend TT right now... Don't let them break your spirit! ♥
     
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    They have agreed to pay her expenses now - according to PMac it was a miscommunication!! Wow!
     
  16. tennis5

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    PR company just told Pat - THIS IS A MAJOR F-CK UP!

    ( Just my own comment, the mom got the last word in.......)

    NY TIMES

    September 7, 2012, 9:06 PMComment
    Taylor Townsend’s Fitness Report
    By JOHN MARTIN

    http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/taylor-townsends-fitness-report/

    The American Taylor Townsend, the top-ranked girls’ player, lost in singles and won in doubles in the United States Open junior tournament Friday. But most of the questions she faced after her matches were about a report in Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal that said the United States Tennis Association declined to finance her trip to the Open over concerns about her fitness.

    Townsend, 16, and her mother, Sheila, confirmed that they had to pay their own expenses to come to Flushing Meadows. But Patrick McEnroe, who directs the U.S.T.A. player development program, said Friday that there had been a misunderstanding and that the association had always intended to reimburse the Townsends. He said the U.S.T.A. did not oppose Townsend’s appearance at the Open and tried to clarify the organization’s concerns about her development.

    “It has nothing to do with weight; it has nothing to do with body type,” McEnroe said. “It has to do with overall fitness, over all what her game is.”

    In The Wall Street Journal article, McEnroe was quoted as saying, “Our concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a player.”

    Sheila Townsend said that she believed fitness was an important ingredient of developing a player, but that many players of differing physical characteristics compete at a high level.
    “Serena doesn’t look like Sharapova,” she said.
     
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  17. Soianka

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    He's such a slimeball. I hope he loses his job over this.
     
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    USA Today - CONFIRMING ANOTHER POSTER'S ACCOUNT OF CUT TRAINING

    NEW YORK (USA TODAY) —
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    Townsend: 'It's not by a miracle that I got to No. 1'

    Taylor Townsend reacted strongly Friday to reports that she was barred from playing the U.S. Open junior event because USTA officials deemed her fitness level not up to snuff.

    The story was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

    According to the Journal's report, USTA coaches declined to pay her travel expenses to compete in the U.S. Open and told her they wouldn't fund tournament appearances until she improved her fitness.

    Townsend, the No. 1 ranked junior girl and reigning Australian Open champion, said she came to New York on her own dime.

    "Pretty much all the other federations, if they had a No. 1 junior in the world, they would kind of break their backs to bring them to whatever they needed to go to," Townsend said of the USTA's directive. "I'm not going to sit here and say I'm the fastest person or the most agile, because I'm not," she added. "There's definitely room for improvement, but it's personal opinion."

    Townsend, an effervescent 16-year-old native of Chicago, is part of the USTA's funded development program.

    After losing in the first round of a professional event in Vancouver this summer, USTA officials told her she was regressing and asked her to return to the USTA's training base in Boca Raton, Fla., for several weeks to get in better shape.

    "It was definitely shocking, I have to say," Townsend said of their recommendation. "I was actually very upset. I cried. I was actually devastated."

    Townsend said when she returned to Boca Raton, she hit only three times a week for 45 minutes when previously she had trained and played twice a day.

    She said she disagreed with the decision but had not decided to break ties with the USTA, especially because of her close affiliation with USTA coach Kathy Rinaldi.

    "It's not by a miracle that I got to No. 1," Townsend said. "I worked hard just like everyone else and I feel like an opportunity was taken from me."

    Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA's player development program, disputed some of the Journal's claims.

    He said that he and his staff had recommended that Townsend shut down tournament play for a few weeks and discussed skipping the Open but ultimately supported her appearance at Flushing Meadows.

    He said the family went ahead and bought plane tickets to New York for which the USTA would reimburse them.

    "We had no part in saying you can't come to the Open at all," McEnroe said on Friday.

    McEnroe called it a "communication problem" and said the idea they had suddenly pulled the plug on funding her participation for lack of fitness in New York was "absurd."

    "We've been in tennis our entire lives," he said. "We are well aware that there are many different body types, and looks and physiques that are very successful playing on these courts. … We are also well aware that to become an elite tennis player you have to be committed, you have to be fit. … We're trying to make decisions that we think are in the best interest of the player. Do you think we're sitting around going how can we screw this up? How can we not do what's best for Taylor Townsend to progress as a player?"

    "Our goal is for her long-term development," McEnroe added. "It has nothing to with weight, nothing to do with body type. It has to do with overall fitness, overall where her game is."

    Townsend's mother, Sheila Townsend, said that message was not clear.

    "They said they wanted her to focus more on her fitness and conditioning," she said Friday. "Those are their words not mine."

    McEnroe also mentioned a health issue, but said he could not go into details. Townsend's mother said she had been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, which she told the Journal was "totally manageable."

    Many took to Twitter in the last 24 hours to express their opinion, including Tennis Channel commentator and former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport.

    Although a talented ballstriker, the 6-2 Davenport was often criticized for her fitness level when she arrived on tour.

    She wrote: "I'm really disheartened by this Taylor Townsend news :( makes me sad. Also makes me wonder if any females were involved in decision making"

    And: "so sad. I'm lucky I had a coach (female) at USTA when I was a teen that believed in me even tho I wasn't 'svelte'"

    Tennis Channel's Justin Gimelstob has watched Townsend play many times and called her a "delightful girl."

    "That's a talent that needs to be nurtured and embraced not made to feel self-conscious," he said.

    Gimelstob cited the late-career fitness push of Mardy Fish as an example that players mature and evolve at different rates.

    "A 16-year-old girl? That's a slippery slope," he said.

    Top-seeded Townsend won two singles matches on Thursday that totaled 3 hours and 29 minutes.

    On Friday, she lost in the quarterfinals to Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-4. She then won her semifinal doubles match with partner Gabrielle Andrews of the USA.

    "I cant' do anything about it now," she said after reaching the doubles final Friday. "I'm just glad to be here honestly."



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  19. Alfy

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    He probably should ... but I would not hold my breath.
     
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    McEnroe needs to resign.
     
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    Wow. That was a quick backpedal from PMac. Now you finally got to hear the real reaction that Taylor had to this misadventure, "It was definitely shocking, I have to say," Townsend said of their recommendation. "I was actually very upset. I cried. I was actually devastated."

    I'm glad that this was exposed but I wonder what happens to the USTA-Townsend relationship. There can't be a lot of trust there now.
     
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    If you want the free stuff, you have to take the crap. Otherwise, go the Sloane Stephens route.
     
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    Oh I was thrilled when he got there too. Big fan of his. I hope this doesn't turn into a discussion about him, I'm sure I'll regret mentioning his name. What I said was true and his results show it. The few wins last year are great but consistent wins are the sure sign of success.

    Having said that even if the usta is right about her not making a strong enough commitment to fitness, it's a real shame all this went public. She seems to be a sweet girl and she is awfully young. Article never should have been written. There are better things to do in journalism than put a teenage girls self esteem in national headlines.

    USTA can't afford to sink hundreds of thousands into players who won't commit to at least being at the highest level of fitness. Talented as she is, getting super fit may be all she needs to establish herself at the pro level right now. Hope this story ends well for Taylor Townsend.
     
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    he had surgery on his abs but befor the surgery he was in very good shape
     
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    Still wrapping my brain around taylor Townsend debacle. Feel awful for her. You can't be a jr tennis head AND be a commentator. Just can't.

    COULD NOT AGREE MORE.
     
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    Same trainer as Mardy Fish?
     
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    This is definitely true
     
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    According to the first Tom Perotta/WSJ article, Taylor did not play the Nationals this year because the USTA would not let her/pay her travel expenses. So they kept her out of her own national tournament, then tried to keep her out of her home slam because she's not "fit" but on Thursday, she played and won 2 matches.

    Another update from Tom Perotta tonight: http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/09/07/usta-to-pay-townsends-tennis-expenses/

    And Doug Robson's USA today article: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tenn...-open-taylor-townsend-and-the-usta/57694068/1
     
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    PMac and anyone else that supported his decision or had a role in that
    decision needs to go.

    PMac would have benched people like Tony Gwynn, Charles Barkley,
    William Perry, Shaquille O'Neal, Serena Williams,... The list is long.

    Pmac needs to bench himself and stop with transparent damage control
    and stubborn bullsheep.
     
  30. Alohajrtennis

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    When I read Pmac's latest comments, I can't help but think either a) he is hopefully out of touch of touch with whats going on in the organization he is supposed to be running(and being paid handsomely to do so) or b) to put it politely, being disingenuous. Or both.

    His USTA role is a full-time job for a professional with experience developing juniors, not part-time job for a person with connections and name people recognize. It's not a side job for a TV announcer. Pick one or the other. For what its worth, I think he a pretty good commentator as far as they go, so you know what I am rooting for.
     
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    Running a critical department like PD of the USTA is difficult. You need a long track record of success in leading organizations. Everything you say and do is weighed heavily. How you treat members, players, coaches, and agents is of utmost importance. It is much harder than writing pithy and clever comments on a message board. Good intentions and intelligence are not enough. You need loads of experience and many, in fact most, never get it. PMac has failed miserably. He has not learned the lessons of what it takes to lead this key department either because he just does not have the experience or has not aborbed the necessary lessons.
     
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    This story is on Good Morning America today.
     
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    There have been a lot of parents of junior players who have been up in arms about the direction of junior tennis under the auspices of Pat McEnroe. But he has turned a deaf ear towards their concerns. This issue however has caught the attention of the mass media. Let's see if it goes anywhere?
     
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    Now the association is saying it will reimburse Townsend for U.S Open expenses and Townsend is eager to put the incident behind her.

    "I think it will pass, because I think we all have a common goal here, that I want to do well," said Taylor Townsend.

    She wants the handout and is fine with it... now move on everyone.
     
  36. sundaypunch

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    No, you don't actually. It is clear that the USTA overstepped, hence the backpedal after the public backlash.
     
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    Agreed with the move on comment but I don't believe the mother wants it to pass or she would've clammed up by now. I was shocked her mother told ABC News TT's height and weight. Gee thanks mom.
     
  38. sureshs

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    Nothing will make these guys change unless they face criminal civil rights conspiracy charges and lose their savings and go to jail. Looks like someone is denying whatever was said before and trying to bring in the iron deficiency into the scene now as a facade. At least it looks more acceptable to go after an iron-deficient person than after a chunky person.
     
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    What civil right or rights are you referring to?
     
  40. JoelDali

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    McEnroe should face a grand jury for not giving the girl a $230 plane ticket.
     
  41. justinmadison

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    No Doubt___
     
  42. chalkflewup

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    Not true at all madison. I believe USTA could have handled this situation differently before it happened, but I won't Monday morning quarterback this topic as it will work itself out.

    Anyway, congrats to Taylor Townsend and Vicky Duval for their success at the Junior US Open this year. And, kudos to Samantha Crawford for making it to the Junior US Open finals (scheduled for tomorrow). Grace Min won it last year. It would be great if we had back to back American winners.
     
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  43. Ronaldo

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    Shocked the ITF does not publish height and weight like the WTA does. http://www.wtatennis.com/player/serena-williams_2257889_9044
     
  44. jonkras

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    TT just won the doubles. I guess that is not good enough for the USTA.
     
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    Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA's player development program told ABC News....
    "He said they simply recommended she sit this one out ....."

    Yes, better to sit it out than WIN doubles.

    I guess doubles doesn't count.
     
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    USTA Sports Science???

    I could be wrong but I do not think that this situation is Taylor Townsend's fault. At least not completely.......

    Note: All of my comments are based on the Boca Raton site. Are the other sites the same or different? Not sure???

    Coaching at the USTA is pretty darn good lately. Unfortunately the Sports Science Department is nearly defunct. They have done away with an in-house Sports Psychology department (yes there are some very high level Sports Psychologists), they have no registered dietician or other expert nutritionist on staff, and they are just sort of getting by with their fitness program.

    The USTA has simply not invested in high level fitness coaching, sports psychology, or nutrition at the present time. They really need to wake up and make sports science a priority.

    Forget about the big salaries below. Do you see that $152,000 below that some coaches are making. Is a top level sports psychologist, registered nutritionist, or strength and conditioning coach 1/3 rd as important or not important at all?

    Maybe they are just taking things one step at a time? Hopefully! Again, the coaching has been pretty darn good lately.

    The following are high development coaching figures (2010) taken from the following:
    http://www.worldtennismagazine.com/archives/6463
    (below is an excerpt from above)

    Let me repeat that figure — $15.7 million.

    Where has $15.7 million gone?

    * $809,000 to Patrick McEnroe, effectively the general manager, plus $238,000 in other compensation.

    * $387,000 to prime coach Jose Higueras, plus $83,000 in other compensation.

    * $273,000 to talent assessment expert Martin Blackman, plus $91,000 in other compensation.

    * There are nine employes in the development program earning at least $152,000 annually, and that was 2010. The total salaries of those top coaches, plus a slew of lesser coaches and support staff came to $7.7 million. That’s for one year.
     
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    Maybe the USTA should invest in the highest levels of fitness instead of simply blaming players for their lack of commitment? How about also helping Taylor Townsend and others by getting them access to a high level Registered dietition? Some of the kids at the USTA Boca Raton are not used to having access to all kinds of food. (share same food and cafeteria as Evert Kids)
     
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    The salaries listed herein are excessive to the point of ridiculous. The USTA HP program has no decent track record of developing players. An individual's worth is what he/she could earn on the open market. What do you think PM and JH would be worth is they lost their USTA jobs tomorrow?
     
  50. HIGH-TECH TENNIS

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    Soooo happy to report that - according to mom - Taylor's "handling herself with grace and dignity" (told ya she's a GREAT girl) "and, to top it off, she walked away with a championship..." How perfect is that---Thank goodness she didn't miss the chance to compete at the US Open!!! GO TAYLOR---Don't ever let ANYONE break that sweet spirit! ♥
     

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