Sunday, July 29, 2001

Champs as sons aim to repeat as fathers

Peckskamps, only locals left, fall in quarterfinals

By Dave Schutte
Enquirer contributor

        Zan Guerry and Jerry Morse-Karzen both remember the thrill of winning two National Father and Son Clay Court tennis championships with their fathers. Today they will try to win with their sons, Jeff Guerry and Brett Morse-Karzen, at 2:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Tennis Club.

Zan Guerry celebrates semifinal victory with son Jeff.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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Jerry Morse-Karzen and son Brett.
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        Zan Guerry, a former tournament professional, Junior Davis Cup standout and All-American at Rice University, teamed with his father, Alex, to win the championships in 1966 and '71.

        Jerry Morse-Karzen, of Wilmette, Ill., won in 1977 and '82 with his father, Richard. Both the championships were won here.

        “I don't know if anybody has won as a father and as a son, and it would be nice to do,” said Zan Guerry, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

        The Guerrys survived two three-set matches to reach the championship. They defeated Terry and Corley Ward 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Bob and Bart Scott 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

        The younger Guerry, who will play at Pepperdine University next year, came into the tournament thinking championship.

        “I was playing well, and Dad was also on top of his game,” Jeff Guerry said. “I also didn't know anybody who was playing. If I had known how tough the competition was, I may have felt differently.”

        The Morse-Karzens haven't been tested in four matches. They eliminated Neal and Cole Newman (No.2 seed) 6-1, 6-2 Saturday in the quarterfinals and Scott and Scott Estes (No.4) 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.

        The Guerrys are a finesse team, complementing each other's play. While Zan has all the finely turned shots and works the angles, Jeff is quick to the ball and more powerful.

        The Morse-Karzens have contrasting styles. Both the father and son are 6 feet 5 and hit the ball hard.

        Saturday's morning rain forced the quarterfinal matches to the clay court at the Indoor Tennis Club in Madeira with the semifinals played at Cincinnati Tennis Club.

        Playing on the harder indoor courts proved to be detrimental to the Cincinnati team of John and John D. Peckskamp, who suffered a three-set loss to the Scotts 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

        “When the match was moved indoors, we were happy,” Bob Scott said. “It was to our advantage because of Bart's serve, which has been timed at 133 miles per hour.”

        The Peckskamps handled the surface and Bart's rocket serve, but in the third set, trailing 4-3, a spectacular return by Bart turned the match.

        “It was one of those shots that you stick out the racket and hope for the best,” Bart Scott said.

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