Parker grew up in the Metroplex (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and finished high school ranked in the top 10 of his recruiting class (TRN). However, he spent most of years in the top 80-100 to range. We examine how he made the big jump to top 10, and get Parker’s thoughts on how to approach junior tennis development. Listen here – link.
Parker spent his first 2 years of college at the University of Louisville, where played the #2 singles spot and #1 doubles. As a freshman, he had a 9-3 record in ACC play. He was named All-ACC 3rd team as a Freshman & Sophomore, and qualified for the NCAA Doubles championships both years as well.
Parker transferred back home to Texas Tech for his Junior & Senior years where he’s slotted at #2 singles and #1 doubles for the Red Raiders. He’s coming off a successful weekend, having beat Mississippi State‘s Giovanni Oradini (#66) 6-4 3-6 6-1 and Tulane‘s Luis Erlenbusch (#42) 6-1 6-2, as well as winning both his doubles matches.
Parker plays a very aggressive style of tennis – always looking to get to the net and finish points quickly. If Texas Tech is playing in your area, you won’t be disappointed if you go watch the Red Raiders. Their remaining schedule is posted below:
February 22-24: Blue Gray National Tennis Classic (Montgomery, AL) Men’s Teams: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Fresno State, Ole Miss, Princeton, Rice, Texas Tech. Women’s Teams: Alabama, Auburn, Fresno State, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Yale.
March 8: at Indiana (Bloomington, IN) 6pm Eastern
March 10: at Northwestern (Chicago, IL) 12 noon Central
March 14: at Central Florida (Home of American Tennis, USA) 6pm Eastern
March 23: at Rice Invitational (Houston, TX) vs. Rice 12 noon Central
March 29: at Texas (Austin, TX) 6pm Central
March 31: at TCU (Ft. Worth, TX) 1pm Central
April 5: vs. Oklahoma State (Lubbock, TX) 6pm Central
April 7: vs. Oklahoma (Lubbock, TX) 1pm Central
April 13: vs. Baylor (Lubbock, TX)
April 19-21: Big 12 Championships (Lawrence, KS)