Alycia Parks rides on Serena Williams encouragement

Alycia Parks and her family recalled when a simple phone call by Serena Williams left them awestruck and deeply inspired.The World No. 82 has been open about drawing inspiration from Williams both on and off-court. Some tennis fans have even begun drawing parellels to the duo’s on-court antics.

In a short clip posted by the Tennis Channel on social media, Parks recalled a “very positive” phone call she received from the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
“I remember getting a call from Serena, just talking to her on the phone. I don’t remember exactly what she said but they were very positive words,” Parks said as per the video posted by the Tennis Channel on X (formerly Twitter).

Alycia Parks’ sister Mikayla also shared in the video that the phone call came when they were in a car, so the family could hear Williams on speaker phone.The 23-year-old’s father and coach Michael Parks closed the video by highlighting how much Serena Williams’ words meant to them.
“Honestly Serena made a big difference in their lives by calling. They knew they could beat anyone or they can accomplish anything. And she told her to play hard and stay with her goals. So that meant a lot to us.”
Alycia Parks will next lock horns with compatriot Coco Gauff in the third round of the Australian Open 2024.