Monday, June 2, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The sport of tennis doesn't change. It's a game of getting the ball over the net and in between the lines. Whether it's played on foot or on wheels, the challenge remains the same.
"I mean, I think it's just like everything else in sports. A lot of people look at the wheelchair game and think it's inspirational, but it's just like any other sport. It takes a lot of hard work," wheelchair tennis player David Williams said.
A labor of love. David Williams has worked 27 years in the sport.
Competing at Augusta's portion of the Georgia Grand Prix this weekend, Williams beat the competition as he's done so often in the past. For eight years straight, he's been ranked the number one player in the nation.
"I've been fortunate enough to withstand the test of time. And again, it's putting time on the court and working at it. Through that, I've been able to be successful at it," Williams said.
At 14 years old, Williams contracted transverse myelitis, a one in a million type virus that paralyzed him from the waist down. From years ago, one phrase has led him to great heights
"I've always remembered something my physical therapist told me when I was 14 years old. He said," David, by the time you do all the things you can do, there's no time to think about all the things you can't do,'" Williams said.
Williams has accomplished a lot on and off the court. He's not thinking what he can't do, rather thinking about his next match.
The 44-year-old has won four out of the last five US Open Championships. He lost in the finals last year to a 16-year-old, but he fully expects to be back this year to try and retake his title.