tennis

A life-defining Japanese link

Adventurer, author, tour operator, pilot, karate instructor, sake maker, marriage celebrant, father/co-manager of a tennis pro. Queenstowner Craig McLachlan, 58, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his varied life and how it’s been enhanced by his links with Japan Growing up...

Ben’s big Germany tourney

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown tennis pro Ben McLachlan and a veteran South African player have won a doubles tournament in Germany’s Cologne on their team debut. In the final last Sunday, McLachlan, 28 and Raven Klaasen, 38, beat the pairing of...

Much-loved character dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown lost a well-loved character with the passing this month of Warwick Stalker, aged 74. Sociable and generous-hearted, he was the driving force for most of his adult life behind heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, RHE Mechanical...

Tennis tyro aces rivals

A 12-year-old Queenstowner is making a bit of a racket in New Zealand tennis circles. Kai Milburn last month won Tennis NZ's junior masters 12-and-under title, and next month plays for NZ's 12s team at the Aussie hardcourt nationals in...

Teen’s happy homecoming

A homegrown 14-year-old tennis player blitzed the field at the Queenstown Lone Star Open last weekend. Anais Russell-Jove – who first picked up a racket in Queenstown, aged four, before moving with her parents to Australia, then Spain – beat...
A New Zealander won the ASB Classic tennis doubles in Auckland last Saturday, but going by the national media you'd hardly know. Queenstown-raised Ben McLachlan, who has represented Japan since 2017, and German Jan-Lennard Struff beat Kiwi Michael Venus and...

Ben’s big net gains in 2018

Queenstown tennis pro Ben McLachlan has surprised even himself that he's finished the year ranked 18th-best doubles player in the world. "At the start of the year, no way I thought I was going to finish the year 18, in...

Bale bails

A top New Zealand tennis coach has become another casualty of Queenstown's "crazy" cost of housing. Lan Bale – best known for originally coaching the world's 18th-ranked doubles player, Ben McLachlan – is looking to leave NZ next month after...
Teenager Josh McDermott is the latest promising Queenstown Tennis Club player to win a college tennis scholarship in the United States. The 19-year-old flies off on August 12 for a four-year scholarship with the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Club...

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...
Twenty-three days into 2018, Queenstown pro tennis player Ben McLachlan smashed his goal for the entire year. McLachlan wanted to break into the top 40 doubles world rankings – but by qualifying for the doubles semi-finals of the Australian Open,...

Ben’s big tennis break

"CRAZY", "surreal" and "bloody exciting". That's how Queenstowner Craig McLachlan describes his son Ben's incredible, career-defining run in the Australian Open tennis grand slam. Ben, 25, and his German doubles partner Jan-Lennard Struff qualified for today's semi-final after beating world no.1-ranked...
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