Peter van Lingen
Class of 1996
Oral Roberts University Athletics Hall of Fame
Peter Van Lingen is a native of Pretoria, South Africa. Coach Bernis Duke recruited him to play on the tennis team at Oral Roberts University during the years 1967-1971. Van Lingen and others on the team vaulted ORU to the top ten of collegiate tennis. Van Lingen received the ORU President’s Trophy, awarded to the best scholar athlete. While he was a student, Van Lingen played in the US Open National Championships during the years 1966 and 1967, advancing to the third round in 1967. (1967 was the last year before the Open Era began in 1968). Van Lingen was an alternate on the Davis Cup team for the Republic of South Africa and played in many ATP and Grand Slam events, including Wimbledon. His stellar record in Mens Singles in USTA 35, 40, and 50 age divisions includes the #1 Ranking in the Mens 40 age division. Van Lingen is best remembered now for the multiple doubles championships with his son Van Van Lingen. They won the World Father-Son Championships in 1989 and thirteen national championships on clay, grass, and indoor surfaces over a time period beginning in 1989 and ending in 2002. Peter and Van had the Number One national ranking in Father-Son doubles in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. Van Lingen makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee where he continues to coach promising junior players.