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American, Big serve, Lyon: Everything you always wanted to know about Alycia Parks (but never had time to find out) – updated with first WTA Tour title

Alycia Parks is a rising American tennis player with a big serve. Here are the responses to some common questions about her

Alycia Parks at the WTA Agel Open in Ostrava Alycia Parks at the WTA Agel Open in Ostrava Image Credit: CTK Photobank / Panoramic

Who is Alycia Parks?

Alycia Parks is a professional tennis player from the United States and competes on the women’s professional circuit. She won her first WTA Tour title in Lyon in February 2023, and stands just outside the top 50.

What did Alycia Parks achieve in Lyon in 2023?

In February 2023, Alycia Pasrks won her first WTA Tour title, beating Caroline Garcia 7-6 (7), 7-5 in the final. She hit 15 aces as she won her 15th indoor match in a row, a win that lifted her to the verge of the world’s top 50.

“It feels amazing to hold my first WTA tour-level championship trophy,” Parks said, quoted by the WTA Tour. “Words can’t explain. Just last year, I was in an [ITF Challenger] $60,000 final, and now I have won a WTA 250.”

How old is Alycia Parks?

Parks was born on December 31, 2000 and is currently 22 years old.

What is her highest ranking?

Alycia Parks’ highest ranking in singles is No 51, which she achieved on February 6, 2023 after winning her first WTA title in Lyon. You can find her latest rankings and rankings history on her WTA Tour profile page.

Who is her coach?

The American, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, has been coached by her father Michael Parks since childhood.

What did Alycia Parks do in Ostrava in 2022?

At the Agel Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Alycia Parks came through the qualifying draw and then scored the biggest win of her career by knocking out former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 7-6 in the first round.

“This is my first Top 20 win, so I’m very grateful and thankful to get through the match today,” Parks said during her on-court interview.

Two days later, Parks went one better and defeated world No 7 Maria Sakkari 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes. The American hit more than 50 winners in the match, including 15 aces.

Was she a good junior?

According to her ITF profile, Parks played only eight junior events on the ITF circuit and did not have a junior ranking. Parks graduated high school in 2019 and declined several scholarship offers to pursue professional tennis.

Is Alycia Parks a big server?

Parks’ serve is one of her biggest weapons. During her first-round match at the 2021 US Open, she tied the record by Venus Williams for the fastest serve ever hit by a woman at the tournament with a 129mph delivery.

Speaking about her serve, Parks said, as quoted by the WTA Tour, “[The serve] comes very natural for me, I want to thank my dad because he’s the one who taught me. He always gave me a rhythm, kind of like dance, one-two. So that always stuck in the back of my mind.”

How much prize money has she won?

As of October 3, 2022, Parks had won $472,669 in career prize money. You can find her updated prize money stats on her WTA Tour profile page.

Is Alycia Parks on social media?

The American is active on Instagram, where she has more than 30,000 followers.

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