Last year, Rhyne Williams saw his dreams become reality when he walked on the court at the U.S. Open. It was Rhyne's first Grand Slam tennis tournament, and he was just 21-years-old.
"It was unbelievable playing Andy Roddick, playing in front of a huge crowd, I had an absolutely ball out there. I played my hardest and hopefully I can be back out there this year.
"I wasn't too nervous, but right before I walked on, just before I passed all the cameras, and they gave me that first interview before I walked on, and I was like 'Holy cow, is this happening right now.' It just shows that I have a long way to go . He was a former No. 1 in the world, and just to get the opportunity to play him was incredible. It was cool to see where my game matched up with his."
After the U.S. Open, Rhyne's professional career surged. He qualified for the Australian and French Open. He's currently ranked 129th in the world.
"I just learned what it takes physically and mentally to make a push inside the top 200. That's where I ended the year at about 190 last year. I really stepped up the physical game. It's a dog eat dog world out there. Everyone's trying to one up you, and you're out there on your own.
Next up for Rhyne is another shot at the U.S. Open later this summer.
There is one benchmark on his resume we forgot to mention.
That match against Roddick was one of his last. Roddick retired just a week later.
"That is crazy, my grandparents always remind me of that. You made Roddick retire. I don't know about that."