Taylor Townsend. Tennis dreams do come true.
With bow and bracelets befitting her 15 years, Taylor Townsend, out of Stockbridge, Ga., won the junior singles girls final at the Australian Open.
There are kids grinding their young lives out on tennis courts worldwide and this girl made it big. Not many do. Imagine the smile under those hands.
Andy Roddick and Donald Young once won this tournament. Lindsay Davenport was a finalist. That's the short list.
And if winning singles were not enough, Townsend also won the girls doubles tournament with partner Gabrielle Andrews.
Townsend, one of Prince's team "Who's Next," uses the Prince EXO3 racquet and has for two years. “This technology allows me to do a lot more on shots that I am pulled out of position for –which is most of the time at our level" said Townsend. "[It] has allowed me to win the four to five more points per set that many times are the difference between winning and losing. Since switching, my game has gone to a whole new level."
You can see the trademark grommets on the racquet above. According to Prince, these allow all players, including those at the most elite level of the game, to do more on balls they hit off center because the strings have more freedom to respond.
Townsend's tennis apparel is Nike, separates (love them) from the '12 Spring Rally Statement line that Serena Williams wore in Australia, right (and at Fed Cup in Worcester this past weekend).
Congratulations Taylor, and all the best to you for a successful career.
P.S – Blue becomes you.