Monday, July 15, 2013

Rhyne Williams Inks ABN Amro Deal

Rhyne Williams at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships/ AP

(July 15, 2013)-- Rhyne Williams played in his first ATP doubles final partnered by Tim Smyczek on Monday in Newport, losing to Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a match tiebreak. But the news wasn't all bad for the 22-year-old American. Williams' agent, Octagon Tennis, announced a multi-year agreement with ABN Amro that will include a blog on the bank's website.

Here's what Octagon had to say about the deal:

McLean, Va. (July 15, 2013) – Octagon Tennis today announced a multi-year association between rising American tennis star Rhyne Williams and ABN AMRO. Williams will sport an ABN AMRO logo on his sleeve while competing, as well as chronicle his experiences in a blog on the bank’s website that will document his training regimen and share the sights and sounds of his journey and progress on the ATP Tour. ABN AMRO provides banking services, financial planning, insurance, private wealth management, prime brokerage, and clearing and trading.

“ABN AMRO is proud to be associated with such a young and promising player as Rhyne,” said Janbart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer of ABN AMRO. “We believe his hard work and commitment to his sport are an inspiration to our staff and our clients around the world. ABN AMRO is a young and growing firm with great ambitions; like Rhyne we believe stamina and training and perseverance will bring excellent results.”

Ernst Boekhorst, Manager of Sponsoring & Events at ABN AMRO, added: “Since we are a longtime fan of tennis with our sponsorship of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament we are very pleased to welcome Rhyne Williams. We hope to see him play during our tournament in February.”

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams is currently ranked 129 on the ATP Tour. Earlier in the year, Williams was a semifinalist at the U.S. Men’s Clay Courts in Houston, won his first ATP Challenger event in Dallas and earned a singles main draw wild card into the Australian Open. Williams, who played college tennis for the University of Tennessee, was the 2011 NCAA singles finalist and won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.

“We are excited to have been able to procure this truly unique partnership for Rhyne with one of the worldwide leaders in the banking/financial industry,” said Kelly Wolf, Senior Director of Octagon’s Personalities & Properties division. “The association is a reflection of ABN AMRO’s continuing commitment to international tennis and its future stars.”

Williams, currently ranked 129 in the world, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in April. It is his best tour-level performance to date. He also won the Dallas Challenger this February, and competed in the main draw of the Australian and French Opens.

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