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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...

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...
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