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2016 Black History Month Profile: Sachia Vickery

NOTTINGHAM - ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Sachia Vickery of USA returns a shot during her match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan on day four of the WTA Aegon Open Nottingham at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 11, 2015 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Jon Buckle/Getty Images for LTA)
February 4, 2016 04:05 PM

By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com

Never in tennis history have there been as many promising, talented African-American tennis players as there are today. In celebration of Black History Month, here is a look at one of those players – following in the tradition of Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and the Williams sisters – who is on the cusp of breaking through and leaving her very own imprint on the top ranks of the professional game.

The Sachia Vickery File

Age: 20
Hometown: Miramar, FL
Current Rank: 136
Career-High Rank: 108 (July 2015)

Getting to Know Sachia Vickery:

  • Vickery was born in Hollywood, Fla., and currently trains with Adrian Zeman at his academy in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She previously trained at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France – the academy’s namesake, Patrick Mouratoglou, is the coach of Serena Williams, one of Vickery’s tennis idols – and at the USTA Player Development National Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Vickery comes from an athletic family. Her dad, Rawle, was a professional soccer player; her mom, Paula Liverpool, ran high school track; and her brother, Dominique Mitchell, played college football at South Carolina State and Campbell University.
  • Vickery won the 2013 USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships in both singles and doubles, earning a wild card into both events at the 2013 US Open. In New York, the former world No. 6-ranked junior defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni for her first Grand Slam victory. She also earned a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open by winning the USTA’s Australian Open Wild Card Playoff.
  • She nearly cracked the Top 100 in 2015 after capturing the first two professional singles titles of her career, both on the USTA Pro Circuit; advancing to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tune-up in Nottingham, England; and competing in the main draws at Wimbledon (as a qualifier) and the US Open (as a wild card).
  • The 5-foot-4 Vickery is an all-court player who relies on her movement to control action on the court. Her best stroke is her double-fisted backhand.