Alycia Parks (born December 31, 2000) is an American tennis player born to Erica Parks and Michael Parks. From making her WTA Tour debut at the 2021 MUSC Health Open in Charleston, South Carolina, and losing to top seed Ons Jabeur in the second round, Alycia went on to dazzle and impress tennis enthusiasts at the 2021 US Open as she tied the record with Venus Williams for the fastest serve by a woman.
Breaking out of the shadow, the young athlete rose in rank, defeating former world No. 1 Karolina Piskova and fourth seed Maria Sakkari to reach her first-ever WTA quarterfinal at the 2022 Ostrava Open. On October 24, 2022, Alycia achieved her career-highest ranking of World No.77 in doubles and World No. 120 in singles. Here are some interesting facts about the young tennis player.
Profile summary of Alycia Parks
- Full Name: Alycia Parks
- Date of Birth: December 31, 2000
- Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
- Ethnicity: African-American
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Profession: Professional Tennis Player and Entrepreneur
- Net Worth: $306,420
- Height: 6 feet 1 Inch (1.85m/185cm)
- Weight: 50 kg
- Marital Status: Single
- Sibling: Sister, Gabrielle Mikay Park
- Instagram: alycia.parks
Alycia Parks is the Daughter of Erica and Michael Parks
Alycia Parks was born to Erica Jackson Park and Michael Park on December 31, 2000, in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds an American nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity. She is the youngest of their two children. Alycia grew up alongside her older sister, Gabrielle Mikay Parks.
At a very tender age, Alycia developed an interest in tennis, and this interest was nurtured and encouraged by her parents, who stood solidly by her side, cheering her on and encouraging her. Her parents are often sighted by the sidelines during her games, and we can tell that their presence contributes to her on-court success. Like the William Sisters, Alycia’s father took on the role of coaching her right from when she held the tennis racket.
She Began Playing tennis at Age 7
Alycia Parks began her tennis career at the age of seven when most kids her age were busy playing hide and seek. According to reports, she played only eight junior events on the ITF circuit and did not have a junior ranking. After completing her high school education in 2019, Alycia decided to focus on her tennis career, consequently turning down collegiate offers.
With a dream to make it in the tennis world, Alycia moved from her hometown in Georgia to Delray Beach in Florida, where she trained at the USTA development center in Boca Raton before moving to Port St. Lucie, Florida, where she currently resides.
In 2021, Alycia Park made her WTA Tour debut at the 2021 MUSC Health Open in Charleston after qualifying as an alternate. In the first round of the game, she defeated the qualifier Grace Min, but unfortunately, she lost to the top seed Ons Jabeur in the second round of the game.
At the 2021 US Open, Alycia delivered an eye-catching performance in the first round as she recorded the fastest serve in the history of the Grand Slam tournament in the match against Olga Daanillovic. Her 129mh speed tied the record held by Venus Williams for the fastest serve by a woman in 2007.
Keeping up with her meteoric rise, the young athlete rose in ranking from No.169 to No. 135 on June 20, 2022, after she made her sixth career main-draw appearance at the German Open in Berlin, proceeding to the second round of the game as a qualifier. She had her career breakthrough at the 2022 Ostrava Open after she knocked out former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova for her first top 20 wins.
Two days after her victory over Former World No.1, Alycia continued her winning streak as she recorded a victory over World No. 7 and fourth seed Maria Sakkari for her first top 10 wins to reach her first WTA quarterfinal since her debut.
She also won her Maiden WTA title in doubles partnering with Caty McNally at the 2022 Ostrava Open. As of October 24, 2022, Alycia has established herself by rising above some veteran players to achieving a career-high ranking of World No.120 in singles and World No. 77 in doubles.
What Happened Between Alycia Parks and Katherine Sebov?
Parks attracted media attention in November 2019 after a physical altercation with her opponent Canadian Kathrine Sebov following their ITF tournament march in Henderson, Nevada. According to reports, the Canadian tennis player aggressively squeezed Alycia’s right thumb during a handshake at the net. This aggression from her opponent’s side made Alycia confront Katherine as they both walked off the court.
The confrontation did not go down well with Katherine Sebov as it resulted in a fierce argument between the two players, and the Canadian tennis player reportedly pushed Alycia twice before officials intervened to stop the altercation.
Discussing the altercation during a phone interview with The Palm Beach Post, Alycia revealed that the Canadian tennis player grabbed her hand and threw her arm back at her, and she couldn’t overlook the aggression. Katherine Sebov later revealed her side of the story, saying that Alycia mocked her celebration after the final point and gave her a ‘’limp fish’’ handshake, which triggered her to ‘’firmly’’ grab Alycia’s thumb.
Alycia Parks is the Co-founder of Alycia Mikay Fashion Boutique
Apart from playing tennis, Alycia has proved herself to be a talented entrepreneur. A boss lady in her own right, the young tennis player co-founded an online apparel shop with her older sister in 2017. The shop is named after her and a sister, Alycia Mikay Fashion Boutique. The boutique provides both male and female wear regardless of age and personal style.
The Alycia Mikay brand (AM) provides styles that are chic, trendy, sophisticated, and timeless. The brand is also a full design studio where the sisters design and make fashionable styles that can be customized to suit anyone.
How Much is Alycia Parks Net Worth?
It’s a bit too early to estimate Alycia Parks’ net worth because she is just at the first leg of her career as a professional tennis player. Although she just started out, the young athlete has amassed a total of $306,420 in career prize money as of October 3, 2022. Alycia is predicted to earn more in the future if she continues her outstanding gameplay on the court.
Tennis is not the only source of income for the young athlete, she also makes money from the fashion boutique she co-founded with her sister back in 2017.