One day out of the blue, when Parris was five years old, she asked her parents for a tennis racket. Surprised at the request, her parents wondered where they could even purchase tennis equipment since they knew nothing of the sport. Not long after, the journey began, one training session after another, revealing a talent and passion for the game that triggered more hours on the court to develop her gift. At age eight, her father took her to the renowned Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, where a new level of play was discovered that activated a desire from within to compete with the best in the world.
Parris began to set goals leading to numerous titles and trophies. Blossoming into a top JR. player, she advanced into USTA girls 10's and 12's age group ranked #1 regionally and nationally and advanced into the top 14's, 16's, and 18's (at only age 13), and was the youngest player to take 3 Woman's Open Titles, being named Champion of the Roy Emerson's Adoption Guild in June of 2012. On her 14th birthday, Parris was asked to become an alternate for the Professional World Team Tennis League (WTT) Orange County Breakers, whose league record advanced the team into the playoffs. Parris began to play the PRO ITF tour at age fourteen, traveling throughout the US and to numerous countries to gain experience.
In 2017, her journey garnered her champion of the Newport Beach Queen of Hearts Charity Open, champion of the Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale Southwest Open, and in 2018 champion of the Match Point Tennis Academy. To date, Parris holds over 85+ tennis titles.
While building her tennis ranking, Parris received an opportunity she could not pass up to pursue her fashion career with one of the biggest retailers in the US and launched her company and brand Waisted, USA. A different kind of challenge sprang forth as a businesswoman to run a fashion company and continually stay on top of trends to design contemporary sportswear and streetwear for young women her age.
As the pandemic slowed down the globe, Pickleball emerged and summoned her to the courts. It wasn't long before her tennis talents crossed over and her peers confirmed the calling. Since then, Parris has enjoyed herself more than ever on the courts, and voilà... the rest is history.
Parris's ultimate dedication, determination, and championship spirit are quickly advancing her both on the court and in life. While on her journey, Parris desires to be an example for kids and adults worldwide, believing that if you cultivate your talents through faith, diligence, always being grateful for every opportunity, and having a good attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.