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Davises remain on title path

Scott Davis and father, Gordon, go for ninth straight national senior hardcourt doubles title today, 9 a.m. at NBTC.

June 13, 2009

NEWPORT BEACH — Title nine has nothing to do with women’s equality today at the Newport Beach Tennis Center.

Rather, it is the number of consecutive national senior hardcourt doubles championships on the line for NBTC pro and Corona del Mar resident Scott Davis and his father, Gordon, a resident of Encino.

The Davises, the top-seeded team, won twice Saturday in the United States Tennis Assn. national super senior father-son hardcourt doubles championships. They will face the No. 2 seeded duo of Carl and John Erickson in the super senior division (fathers age 70-79) final today at 9 a.m.

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There was hardly any trouble for the Davises Saturday. They beat Rafael G. and Rafael E. Nieto, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. And, they took care of Matt and Robert Quall, 7-6 (9), 6-1, in the semifinals.

In the senior division (fathers age 60-69), Costa Mesa residents Devin and Bart Bowen, seeded No. 2, will play for the championship today at 11 a.m. They will face Nathan and Cliff Price, the third-seeded duo.

The Bowens beat Michael and Allan Carter, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the final with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jason and Jim Noble.

Newport Beach resident Eric Quade and his father, Stanley, from La Habra Heights, were upset in the quarterfinals of the super senior division. Bruce and Ivor Man-Son-Hing pulled out a 7-6 (13), 6-2 win over the Quades, who are still alive, playing in today’s consolation semifinals. They won a match in consolation action to advance and will face John and Joseph Bowerbank today at 8:30 a.m.

Newport Beach resident Paul Cross and his father, Carroll of Davis, were eliminated in the super senior division after losing to Alan and Robert Croll, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Corona del Mar residents Parker and Eugene Rhodes were also knocked out of the tournament after two losses in the senior division. Former Corona del Mar High standout Fabian Matthews, who just finished his freshman year at UC Irvine, and his father, Oscar, opened with a win in the first round of consolation but then bowed out.

The tournament has a highlight of sorts, as Michael Chang, the 1989 French Open singles champion, and his father, Joe, will play in the consolation semifinals of the senior division today at 8:30 a.m.

— From staff reports


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