The 2013 season marks the first season in Westwood for volunteer assistant coach Rikus de Villiers.
A native of South Africa, de Villiers was a top player at Fresno State (2009-11), where he earned a degree in physical therapy. Prior to his arrival in Fresno, he played one season at Pepperdine before transferring following his freshman year. During his time in Fresno, de Villiers earned All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors in each of his three seasons. He was named to the conference's first team in both singles and doubles as a senior. He also helped Fresno State to a WAC Championship his senior year, securing the Bulldogs an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they reached the second round.
In addition to ascending to a career-high No. 83 in the ITA Singles Rankings, de Villiers was also a standout doubles player, twice earning a place in the NCAA Doubles Championships with teammate Remi Boutllier. The duo ended the 2011 season listed at No. 18 in the Final ITA Doubles Rankings.
As a junior tennis player in South Africa, he twice won the African Championships in singles and doubles. He earned his first ATP point when he was just a 14 years old.