Lan Bale

Ace academy for resort

A privately-funded tennis academy, aimed at turning out pros like Aussie Open doubles semi-finalist Ben McLachlan, is under way for Queenstown. Run by long-time local coach and ex-pro Lan Bale, Winton Tennis Academy is a philanthropic venture by Lakes District...

Japan’s yen for Ben

In a career-defining move, Queenstown tennis pro Ben McLachlan has been chosen to play Davis Cup – for Japan. Though a New Zealander, the 25-year-old doubles specialist's mother Yuriko is Japanese, and he holds a Japanese passport. With a current doubles...