Taylor Townsend She had an impressive career in the women’s doubles competition in US Open. The 26-year-old featured Katie McNally and reached the final of the tournament before losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 to a double. Barbora Krijcikova and Katerina Sinyakova.
It was a great trip for Townsend, who had stopped playing tennis due to her pregnancy.
The Women’s Doubles Final Presentation Ceremony was hosted by Patrick McEnroe. Townsend and the former No. 1 doubles in the world share a bit of history as McEnroe was dealing with the rookie program when Townsend’s funding was stopped, thus preventing her from getting a wildcard for the 2012 US Open main draw.
Many fans were unhappy that McEnroe hosted the introduction party and expressed their opinions on the matter on Twitter.
One fan wrote: “Disrespectful making Taylor Townsend share the stage with Patrick McEnroe. Sick!”
Another fan wrote:
“I often wonder how many great things Taylor Townsend would have accomplished in her career if Patrick McEnroe had not been given the free authority to terrorize her as a girl.”
“Remember when Patrick McEnroe called Serena Classless like his brother wasn’t left out of matches because of his tantrums? I still don’t like Patrick because of the way he treated Taylor Townsend when she was the number one tennis player in the US,” he said.
One fan also stated that Patrick McEnroe should have apologized to Townsend for the treatment he received.
“The irony of Patrick McEnroe’s final female nuptials with Taylor Townsend. He should have publicly apologized to her for the turmoil he put her in as a youngster.”
“I am really excited to be back on the field and playing some singles.” – Taylor Townsend
In her post-match press conference, Townsend said that her running in women’s doubles will help her play singles and that she is excited to play more singles matches.
“I think both Katie and I are really excited. The doubles really help with our singles play, so I’m really excited to get back on the court and play some singles and see how that confidence and coming this far and playing really great tennis against some great players, you know, what he’s doing For the rest of the year and going into next year.”
Townsend competed in the women’s singles tournament at the 2022 US Open as well but suffered a first-round elimination at the hands of Katerina Siniakova. Interestingly, it was Sinyakova who later defeated her along with Krizhikova in the women’s doubles final as well.