Lan Bale

Lan Bale is a tennis professional with 32 years experience in the game. He started playing at age 9 in his native South Africa, and after a successful junior career that included playing in all the junior Grand Slams, he spent 11 years on the ATP Tour.

During his pro tennis career, Lan competed in 23 Grand Slams and reached career high rankings of 23 in doubles and 170 in singles. He won four ATP Tour doubles titles, including one with NZ’s Brett Steven. He and Brett made the quarterfinals of the doubles at Wimbledon in 1994. Lan also had the honor of being elected by the tour players to represent them on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Player Council.

After retiring from the tour in 2000 Lan coached college tennis at UC Berkeley for two years. At Berkeley, Lan was selected Pac 10 Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Lan coached good friend and fellow South African Wayne Ferreira to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Since moving to Queenstown in September 2002, Lan has been coaching local juniors with great success – his players include Riki & Ben McLachlan who have both played in the four Junior Grand Slams and reached top-50 in the ITF Junior world rankings. Both boys are presently on tennis scholarships at the University of California at Berkeley. Lan has also been a New Zealand Davis Cup selector and the Tennis NZ Southern high performance coach.

- Players Comments -

"Lan Bale is an extraordinary tennis player and coach."

---------------- Wayne Ferreira.

"I highly recommend Lan Bale as tennis coach of extraordinary
tennis talent with unique abilities."

---------------- Dennis Van der Meer, Tennis University.

"Not only is he an extraordinary player, he is also a superlative coach and leader."

---------------- Craig Tiley, Mens Tennis Coach at the University of Illinois, former
S. Africa Davis Cup Captain

"He recieves the highest recommendation I can give."

---------------- Peter Wright, Mens Tennis Coach at the University of California at Berkeley.

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