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Teen tennis star Taylor Townsend, mayor share lakefront jog

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took run foggy morning  with Taylor Townsend Englewood teen who did well French Open June 19

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took in a run on a foggy morning with Taylor Townsend, the Englewood teen who did well at the French Open on June 19, 2014. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 20, 2014 2:00AM

At some point Thursday, Taylor Townsend will be winging her way across the Atlantic Ocean for a date later this month at Wimbledon.

But she started her day with a lakefront jog with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Townsend — the Englewood teen who stunned the tennis world by upsetting the 20th seed in the French Open — had her coach call the mayor’s office, and he agreed to join her Thursday.

“We talked about yoga for a while,” said Townsend, minutes after her 1.5-mile jog on the South Side. “He swears by it. He loves it.”

Townsend joked that she had trouble keeping up with Emanuel, who is about three times her age.

“He was going so fast,” Townsend said.

Townsend, who splits her time between Chicago and Washington D.C., said she’s going to England feeling confident. After her performance in France, she’s moved up 50 or so spots in the world rankings — to 147th.

“Going into Wimbledon, I’m a lot more confident — just because I love grass,” she said. “ It totally complements my game. So, I’m really excited. And I have nothing to lose.”


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