Former college tennis No. 1 and Vol standout Rhyne Williams accepted one of the USTA's discretionary wild cards into the U.S. Open later this month in New York.
Williams is no stranger to the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center. He qualified for the main draw of the U.S. Open last year before losing to American great Andy Roddick in what turned out to be his final career tournament. Williams' lone collegiate major title -- the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships -- came on the indoor courts of the national facility.
Williams has enjoyed the best season of his career as a professional tennis player in 2013. He enters the week ranked No. 114, a career best in singles. He won his first career ATP Challenger-level title in Dallas and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Men's National Clay Court Championships in Houston, an ATP 250 tournament.
On the major stage, Williams has started to become a familiar face. He earned the USTA's wild card into the Australian Open in January and was a lucky loser at the French Open. He lost in qualifying at Wimbledon. This year's U.S. Open will be his fourth main draw appearance in the last five Grand Slams.