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Taylor Townsend: ‘Women have kids, but it doesn’t stop you. Tennis has evolved’

The American on her pregnancy, changing attitudes and making it in tennis despite discouragement from an early age

As tennis players around the world make their slow return to competition this week after months away, there is one notable player who will not be joining them for a while. In the final months of last season, Taylor Townsend announced that she is pregnant and will give birth in March.

Some female players who are mothers would rather their tennis was front and centre in their profession and so her case is to be noted simply because it is a clear reflection of a recent cultural change in women’s tennis. In short, this is becoming a normal career option in women’s tennis for those who choose to do so.

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