"It has a stigma of being Kentucky Derby-esque": Taylor Townsend believes tennis needs to loosen up

Sunday, 14 May 2023 at 20:57
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Taylor Townsend expressed her opinion that tennis is not modern enough and needs to loosen up.
The American tennis player had some great results this week to reach the top 32 of the WTA 1000 Rome Open. During her success, she defeated her compatriot and world No. 3 Jessica Pegula, but lost in the third round to Chinese player Xiyu Wang.
In a recent interview with WTA Insider, Taylor Townsend shared her perception about tennis and an interesting point of view:
"You need the right person and the right personality to blend those worlds. You need someone who understands both. You need somebody to show you can be here, but you can still be cool and edgy and fun. I think that's me!" Townsend added.
The 27-year-old tennis player is one of the best in the doubles circuit and is currently ranked as world No. 5 in the live ranking, although she could still drop down depending on the results of the Rome Open. In recent weeks, she has had a fruitful partnership with Canadian player Leylah Fernández, with whom she has already reached the final of the Miami Open and the semifinals of the Madrid Open.
In the same interview, the former world No. 61 revealed the reasons why she decided to play in the Rome Open singles tournament, starting from the qualifying round:
"For me and my energy levels, to be able to feel rejuvenated and excited going into the Slams, I felt it was better for me to just play the lower-level tournaments and get the matches," Townsend said."
That's what I needed at the time. But I wanted to challenge myself in a different way this time, trying to earn my way into these big tournaments. I've stayed in the States, and I know what that's like. But I didn't know what this was like, so I wanted to give myself that experience and that competition level," she concluded.

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