Tennis: Davis duo will try to extend reign

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Rafael Nadal passed Roger Federer this week as the No. 1 player in the world in men's tennis.

When it comes to doubles tandems, though, nobody can seem to pass Gordon Davis and his son, Scott.

Scott Davis, 47, is a Corona del Mar resident. He and his dad, who lives in Encino, are going for their 10th United States Tennis Assn. national senior father-son hardcourt championship this week at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, where Scott is a pro.

They won senior division crowns (fathers ages 60-69) from 2000 to 2003. The past five years, the Davis duo has won in the super senior division (fathers ages 70-79), and they're again the top seeds there this week.

Scott and Gordon Davis open with a round of 16 match Friday at 2 p.m. They could play John Peterson of Newport Beach, who is partnered with his son, Eric, of Lafayette, Calif.

Eric Quade of Newport Beach and his son, Stanley, are the No. 3 seeds and begin play Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the round of 16.

Other locals in the super senior draw include UC Irvine men's tennis standout Fabian Matthews, a Corona del Mar High product, and his father Oscar.

They have a round of 16 match at 3 p.m. Friday against the No. 5-seeded team of Robert and Brad Cherry.

Devin and Bart Bowen of Costa Mesa are the No. 4 seeds in the senior division draw. Devin, a former Estancia High standout, and dad have a round of 16 match at 1:30 p.m. today.

Michael Carter of Newport Beach and his partner, Allan Carter, are the No. 5-seeded team and they open play Friday morning in the round of 32.

The senior division also includes former CdM tennis standout Parker Rhodes and his father, Eugene, as well as Brian Potts of Newport Beach and his father, Robert.

Former top 10 player Michael Chang is playing with his father, Joe.

The tournament runs through Sunday. There is also an ultra-senior division draw (fathers ages 80-plus).

Winners are awarded gold balls that signify the player has won at a USTA national championship event.

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