Greg Couch is as right as a tropical sunset. Whoever it was at the USTA who initially told 16-year-old Taylor Townsend, the No. 1 junior girl in the world, that they were going to cut off funding her to play at the U.S. Open because she was, in so many words, too fat, should be sentenced to hard time on Clueless Island.
As Couch points out, there are enough insidious forces out there misinforming teenage girls about what a proper body type should be. A sports organization shouldn't be adding to the problem by, at the very least, implying that Townsend needs to lose weight to get in better shape -- or else they won't let her play in any USTA events.
They used the word "conditioning." As Couch so well points out, that's likely not what any 16-year-old girl is going to hear, however.
At any rate, Serena Williams -- the best tennis player in the world on the women's side, and, ahem, no one's idea of svelte -- rightly blasted the USTA's decision as a "tragedy." To its credit, the USTA backtracked from its appalling stance, eventually paying Townsend's way to the Open.
Where, despite allegedly being out of shape, she won the junior girls doubles title.