Taylor Townsend has replaced Victoria Duval on the Philadelphia Freedoms after Duval was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma following the Wimbledon Championships. Townsend will also wear a patch with Duval’s initials this season.
The 18-year-old was the first American woman to finish as the No. 1-ranked junior player after winning the junior singles title at the Australian Open back in 2012. She also played WTT for Sacramento last season.
“Replacing Vicky is tough,” Freedoms owner Billie Jean King said. “But Taylor will fit in well with the team.”
Duval has already begun treatment for the cancer and her representatives at IMG said her cancer was caught at an early stage and that she is expected to recover in a few months. Townsend and Duval formed their friendship on the junior’s tour and have supported each other ever since. Townsend was one of the first to send her best wishes to Duval when the diagnosis was made public.