American Tennis Mom Taylor Townsend Cannot Catch a Break as Parenting Duties Come in the Way of Title Celebrations

Published 10/25/2023, 10:46 PM EDT

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It’s not easy to be a tennis player and a mom, balancing one’s dreams with carrying the weight of caregiving forward. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have written their own stories while breaking barriers on the WTA tour, redefining the mold of possibilities for women. But there is one more tennis player who has followed in their footsteps to balance both parts of her life. It’s none other than Taylor Townsend, who recently demonstrated how it still is a delicate tightrope to walk.

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Recently, the 27-year-old American tennis player shared her daily juggle between winning titles and taking care of her baby, both at the same time. Adding motherhood to the mix, she highlighted how, as a tennis player, she falls short of finding a breather while sharing some amazing moments with her son.

Taylor Townsend can’t catch a breath

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Townsend recently won a W25 Claremont title, while she is getting ready to play for her country in the Billie Jean King Cup final. But being a mother comes with no holidays. Just after winning a tennis title, the former 61-ranked tennis player took to her Instagram account to share her struggles as an athlete-mother.

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The 27-year-old shared a video of herself sitting with her toddler, Adyn Aubrey Johnson, while he was unwell. Along with that, she wrote, “Sick baby means Mom stays home.” In addition, she also shared a few more videos while taking care of her sick son, underlining how things can be quite difficult to handle sometimes. Townsend posted a video of herself trying to catch her breath whilst watching her son through the baby webcam. Subsequently, she also wrote a caption that will be understood by a lot of tennis mothers. She wrote, “Sunday I win a title, Wednesday it’s this… I’m worn out already.” Just after winning a title, rather than relaxing, she was busy calming her sick baby down.

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Although she is an inspiration on the court, she diligently fulfills her parental duties for her child. And magically enough, she has found a silver lining to the situation too. Earlier this year, when the American player participated in the Australian Open, she disclosed how her toddler son pushes her to give her best.

When Townsend outlined how her toddler motivated her

Taylor Townsend had a respectable run at the Australian Open this season after making a comeback in the tennis arena. On Instagram, she discussed how her son drove her to do her best on the court after making it to the second round of the Grand Slam event. In the video she posted, the 27-year-old discussed how her kid motivates her to aim high on the tennis court.

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Subsequently, she wrote, “I talk to him, and before my matches, I look at pictures and videos and just remind myself of, like, why I’m doing this.” Making a comeback after becoming a mother, she has found success in her professional life while keeping her dreams in front of her eyes.

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Nevertheless, what do you think about the WTA star’s struggle of balancing between motherhood and tennis? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Senior Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. With over 1600 articles under her name, she has an unbridled passion for covering the intriguing developments in the off-court lives of the biggest tennis stars. Pratishtha entered the dynamic world of sports journalism after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism.
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