Originally Posted by andfor
America had player a few years ago with much promise, and a weight issue. I know for a fact this player was held back by never fully getting a handle on her weight problem. Although the entire situation for Townsend is unfair on the surface, I gotta believe for the long-term if she slims down she'll be better for it. Throw her into the fire now and if she loses early and often at the pro level, then loses confidence and does not lose the weight, she may easily fad away. I hope the best for her. The only bad thing I see here is the matter is public and she's a teenager and like most sensitive to body image.
all of that is true, but it should never have come to this where the USTA reps are making public statements about a teenager's weight and then seemingly trying to take punative measures.