Rhyne won the 2013 Australian Open Wildcard Playoffs defeating Tim Smyczek in 4 sets and thus was granted a maindraw wildcard into the AO. Rhyne lost to No.25 Florian Mayer 6-2 6-3 2-6 6-7(14) 1-6 in his debut despite having several MPs.
And yes, Rhyne is no angel and will probably never be
In this picture (courtesy of Jack Sock ), Rhyne appeared to be drinking pepsi and coffee. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a healthy diet. Rhyne is addicted to fast food (specifically chiptole, pizza, and is fond of 5 Guys) and loves his beer. He once told Kudla that if he wins the lottery, he will quit tennis and open a distillery with Sandgren. Let's hope they don't hit the jackpot any time soon.
If you are thinking "maybe that's hot tea". I highly doubt it as I have never seen hot tea in any of his breakfast pictures.
Off court, Rhyne is sociable and out-going. He likes to have fun and is not afraid of trying new cultural activities especially when it comes to food and sports. He gets along with most American players and also befriends several Aussies and Canadians, notably Peter Polansky and JP Smith (former Tennessee teammate). Rhyne is also good friend with several WTA peers including Ajla Tomljanović, Maria Sanchez, Julia Glushko, Olivia Rogowska, and Monica Puig. Rogowska once confessed to stalking him last summer, brave girl
When I first started following Rhyne on twitter, I was fascinated by his personality and conversations...mostly with his play on words. Half the time, I didn't understand what he was talking about.
Rhyne's favorite tv show is "Justified", so sometimes he would throw in random Raylan references. Raylan is the main character from the show.
With Maria Sanchez
With Maria and coach/cousin Christopher Williams, on their way to Australia.
Taking part in some Hawaiian game w/ Sandgren and Polansky
Lawn bowling in Australia. Rhyne said he would like to try Curling someday.
Rhyne currently trains at the USTA center in Boca Raton, FL. He shares an apartment with Tennys Sandgren. Rhyne practices regularly with Tennys and Chase Buchanan, and also hits frequently with Robby Ginepri. Rhyne's fitness coach is Gabriel Echevarria; he likes to joke that he and the rest of the gang are afraid of Echevarria.
Growing up, Rhyne idolized Andy Roddick whom he had modeled his game after (the serve and forehand). He also admires Roger Federer and thinks Andy Murray has a dry humor. As a junior, Rhyne served as a hitting partner for Federer (lost a set 2-6), James Blake, Tommy Haas, and Mardy Fish.
As the case with young upstarts, Rhyne plays doubles to improve his game and for extra cash. His regular partner is Tennys Sandgren. When Tennys is not available, he usually pairs with fellow collegiate player. Rhyne won 5 doubles titles (all with Sandgren, 4 Futures, 1 Challenger) and made numerous finals.
During free time back in Boca, Rhyne would team up with Maria Sanchez to take on Chris Evert & partner. He often called Chrissie "Ms.Evert" despite of her telling him to use the first name. Rhyne made his doubles slam debut with Robby Ginepri at the 2011 USO.
Rhyne is in love with his home state. He said that after retirement, he might not leave Tennessee again. Rhyne is also proud of his alma mater and everything associated with the university including Peyton Manning. If you want to catch his attention, try wearing UT clothing/accessories.
Rhyne and fellow Tennessean, Brian Baker, @ 2012 Australian Open
Rhyne Williams @RhyneWilliams 6 Nov
Sock just committed... Here we go vols #takethatUVA @TPatrick14 @jacksock pic.twitter.com/3GHaDFm1
Already working on his recruiting skill Would't be surprised if Rhyne tries to pursue a coaching position at UT after his professional tennis career is over. Ironically, Rhyne had considered going to UVA (University of Virginia). UVA is a powerhouse in college tennis and his uncle, Tim Rose, is the University of Virginia Foundation CEO.
Rhyne Williams @RhyneWilliams 13 Feb
Local sports bar Duffy's in Boca Raton... They knew exactly where to seat us! @TennysSandgren #VFL pic.twitter.com/fQ1TPaHN
Travel can be a hassle, but the destinations can be worthwhile. Players like to take advantage of the housing program offered by the USTA Challengers. Generally, they put them at nice places with local families.