John Van Nostrand (July 17, 1961 – April 15, 1984) was a professional tennis player from the United States.[1] His sister Molly Van Nostrand also played tennis professionally. Both werr coached by their father, Kingdon Van Nostrand.

John Van Nostrand
Country (sports)United States United States
Born(1961-07-17)July 17, 1961
Long Island, New York
DiedApril 15, 1984(1984-04-15) (aged 22)
near San Juan del Río,
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Career record2–3
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 220 (January 2, 1984)
Career record8–8
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 239 (January 2, 1984)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (1983)



Van Nostrand was a dual NCAA All-American for Pepperdine University, in 1982 and 1983.[2]

He appeared in the main draw of one Grand Slam during his career, the 1983 Australian Open, in the men's doubles, but never got to play a point, as he and partner Jim Gurfein defaulted the match.[2]

The American was a quarter-finalist at the 1983 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, held in Newport, Rhode Island.[2] He beat world number 46 Mike De Palmer in the opening round and Mike Leach in the second round.[2]

In the first tournament of the 1984 Grand Prix season, at Auckland, Van Nostrand and partner Brian Levine were doubles champions.[2] The pair upset top seeds Broderick Dyke and Rod Frawley in the quarter-finals.[2]

Three months later, Van Nostrand was killed in a car accident, along with fellow player Joe Heldman. They had been traveling from Mexico City to the San Luis Potosí Challenger tournament. On a mountainous road near San Juan del Río, their car went off a curve and fell 660 feet down the mountain.[3]

Grand Prix career finals


Doubles: 1 (1–0)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1984 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Brian Levine   Brad Drewett
  Chip Hooper
7–5, 6–2

Challenger titles


Doubles: (1)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1984 Perth, Australia Grass   Broderick Dyke   Peter Carter
  Mark Hartnett
6–2, 6–3