After a thrown racket and an aggressive post-match handshake, two young professional tennis players sparked a fight off the court at the Henderson Tennis Open in Las Vegas.
Canadian Katherine Sebov, 20, secured the 6-0, 7-6 victory over 18-year-old American, Alycia Parks. The win caused a celebratory outburst and Parks (wearing pink shorts in the video below) was unpleased and reacted by tossing her racket to the ground.
The two then met at the net for the traditional sign of sportsmanship, but the handshake was a little too aggressive for Parks’ liking. She then approached the chair umpire in protest for the combative way Sebov shook her hand.
After the ref didn’t do anything about it, Parks physically confronted Sebov, causing Parks’ coach to jump the fence and take to the court.
Parks later took to Twitter to explain herself.
So about this whole video situation after the last point I walked to the net the opponent slapped my hand and squeezed it harder then anyone else with aggression I told the ref what happened if you could see that’s why he climbed down from his chair before we could even shake— Alycia.parks (@alycia91838799) November 8, 2019
Hands with him he wouldn’t say anything to her so I walked to her to say don’t ever squeeze my hand again the opponent turns around and gets big and reaches towards me with full force and pushes me twice while during the match the mom was coaching and had said something to me— Alycia.parks (@alycia91838799) November 8, 2019
On top of that if you won the match why are you squeezing my hand in aggression looked at me with anger and pushed my arm back after the handshake instead of letting go lightly🤔— Alycia.parks (@alycia91838799) November 8, 2019
Parks clearly has a bone to pick with Sebov over that handshake. The young American also accuses Sebov of pushing her twice during their post-match confrontation.
After defeating Parks, Sebov went on to clinch a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Olga Gorvortsova but was defeated 6-3, 6-0 by Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon.
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