Okay, I admit that Rhyne is cute and I think he has marketable potential if he can get results. And it is great that he has a nice game too. Stay tuned as I raid his facebook pictures and try to create his pictureography
Rhyne won his first futures at 16 years and 3 months old, making him one of the youngest players to win a pro title. However, with early success, comes expectation. Rhyne struggled to cope with the pressure and his love for tennis declined. To renew his love for the game, he decided to take a detour from a pro career and spent 2 years playing tennis at the University of Tennessee (where his grandfather was a coach for 14 years).
Fun fact about his family:
It’s a huge tennis family legacy. In the 1970s, Williams’ grandfather DePalmer and Nick Bollettieri founded a tennis academy in Florida – largely inspired by the potential of young Michelle – and today it’s known as IMG Academy and boasts alumni ranging from Andre Agassi and Jim Courier to Serena and Venus Williams.
Michelle was an All-American at UT and rose to No. 92 in the world until a back injury aced her career at age 21. Rhyne’s father, Bob, played at Duke and still plays well enough to hit with Rhyne. Sister Jennifer played at Division I Birmingham-Southern College and sister Caitlyn is playing at UT now. Uncle Mike, who was Top 30 on the ATP Tour, was Boris Becker’s traveling coach. And cousin Christopher Williams, another former UT player and good friend, is Rhyne’s current coach.
In his sophomore year, Rhyne reached No.1 in the ITA ranking. After making the 2011 NCAA Singles Final (l. Steve Johnson in 3) and winning a futures later that summer, he decided to turn pro along with his best friend/teammate Tennys Sandgren.
Rhyne Williams & Jared Donaldson