Lan Bale ( born September 7, 1969 in Pietermaritzburg ) is a former South African tennis player.
Bale began at the age of nine with the sport of tennis. In 1987, he was initially on the side of David Nainkin in a double semi-final of the junior tournament, the French Open, where they lost in straight sets Jim Courier and Jonathan Stark. In the boys tournament at Wimbledon that same year he reached along with Nicolás Pereira also the semi-finals. Even as an amateur, he won in 1989 with David Nainkin the double titles of the ATP Challenger tournament in Johannesburg. In 1991 he became a professional tennis player. Until 1993, he won a total of four double titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, three of them with Nainkin. In Durban, South Africa he scored his biggest success, winning the title of the doubles competition of the local ATP tournament. Throughout his career, he won four double titles on the ATP World Tour with changing partners. Its highest listing in the tennis world ranking he reached in 1993 with the 177 position in the individual as well as 1995 position 27 in doubles.
His best individual result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the second round of the U.S. Open in 1993, when he was a qualifier Carsten Arriens defeated the Germans and then defeated in four sets against Thomas Enqvist. In the doubles competition, he reached in 1994 with Brett Steven the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. On the side of Amanda Coetzer also he was in the same year in the quarterfinals of the French Open Mixed competition.