The Coach, the Father, His Wife and Her Lover

Just as Melanie Oudin’s match against Caroline Wozniacki was ending, spelling the end of Oudin’s Cinderella U.S. Open,
Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim and Andrew Lawrence posted a bit of a bombshell. Oudin’s father’s divorce filing cites his wife’s affair with Brian de Villiers, Melanie’s coach since she was nine, as the reason for the divorce. Wertheim and Lawrence write:

In a sworn statement made on Aug. 10, 2009, John Oudin specifically alleges his wife had been unfaithful with Melanie’s coach, Brian de Villiers. “I didn’t initial [sic] take any action regarding my early suspicions because I didn’t want to believe my wife was having an affair with my daughter’s tennis coach … On December 29, 2007, I confronted my wife about whether she was having an affair with Brian de Villiers. I confronted Brian de Villiers separately. My wife and Brian de Villiers both admitted to me they were having an affair.”

John Oudin also states in the affidavit that Melanie suspected the alleged affair. “Both [Melanie and her twin sister, Katherine] asked me point blank if I thought Mom was having an affair with Brian. When I asked why they had suspicions, Melanie told on one occasion she woke up at 1:00 a.m. in her hotel room and Leslie was not there. She called Brian’s cell phone and connected with her.”

After her win against Elena Dementieva, Oudin called de Villiers “like another father to me.” The Coach, the Father, His Wife and Her Lover