Schalk van der Merwe

Schalk van der Merwe (16 April 1961 – 24 January 2016) was a professional tennis player from South Africa.

Schalk van der Merwe
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born(1961-04-16)16 April 1961
Robertson, Cape Province
Died24 January 2016(2016-01-24) (aged 54)
Career record10–20
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 157 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1982)
US Open3R (1982)
Career record23–32
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 81 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1982)
Wimbledon2R (1981, 1982)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1982)
US Open1R (1982)

His best performance in a Grand Slam tournament was a third-round appearance at the 1982 US Open, where he had wins over Derek Tarr and Raúl Ramírez.[1] In the second round of the 1982 Wimbledon Championships, van der Merwe lost a marathon match to Steve Denton, which had to be stopped due to darkness when the scores were level at 10–10 in the fifth set.[2] Play resumed the following day, and Denton won 13–11.


While in Ireland, where he was working as a medical doctor, van der Merwe was found dead in his car. The cause of death is still unknown, but he apparently suffered from high blood pressure in the time preceding his death.[3]

Career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Jul 1982 Boston, United States Clay   Freddie Sauer   Steve Meister
  Craig Wittus
2–6, 3–6

Challenger titlesEdit

Doubles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1982 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Freddie Sauer   Tian Viljoen
  Danie Visser
6–2, 6–1


  1. ^ "U.S. Open 1982".
  2. ^ Lewiston Daily Sun, "King Moves to Quarterfinals", 30 June 1982
  3. ^ Mostert, Herman (26 January 2016). "Former SA tennis pro dies". Sport24. Retrieved 28 January 2016.

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