Originally Posted by superfittennis
Taylor Townsend is an awesome player and no one is going to dispute that. Based on her lack of fitness, I simply do not think that winning the 18's Supernationals and getting that US Open main draw wildcard was a sure thing. That tournament was stacked with some players who could have upset her including Crawford (just win US Open Juniors) and Victoria Duval who beat her 6-1 6-2 on July 31st in a pro tournament. 18's Super Hard Court Nationals was the following week!
Her timing is not off? She won the US Open Junior doubles, didn't she?
Taylor basically had from July 8-September 9 to improve her fitness. I think that everyone is confusing fitness with fatness when that is not necessarily the case. The fact of the matter is that her movement is quite poor and must improve before she can win matches at the high levels of the pro tour.
If she could move, then they would just take her out of juniors and give her a complete pro schedule. Again......It is someone's fault, but I do not know who. Her's or the USTA's???
Please comment if you have actually seen her move..................
You seem well meaning but you have a lot of misinformation. First of all, of course it isn't a sure thing that Taylor would have won the National in order to receive the wild card into the main draw. But I can tell you that the odds are better when you are actually allowed to enter the tournament. And just because a player beat you one week means absolutely nothing. Anyone who has competed in tennis knows this. You learn from the first match and make adjustments. Maybe they work or maybe they don't. But you do not make predictions based on one match.
Lastly, at age 15, Taylor is not allowed to play a complete pro schedule. If I remember correctly, she must be 16 or 17 years old before she can compete fully in the women's tour. Since she just turned 15 she has time to work on her fitness. As someone posted earlier, after the US Open would be a perfect time to do this.