ABD’s first love was tennis that he first took an immense liking to before he was attracted to a team sport like cricket. AB de Villiers was the member of South Africa’s junior Davis Cup tennis team.
He was ranked in the top two in his age division for tennis in South Africa. He was also South Africa’s U-19 national badminton champion. ABD played tennis till the age of 13 before he gave it up for want of time and his better liking for other sports.