Sunday, July 28, 2002

VanLingens looking for seventh title

Scotts stand in way at National Father and Son Clay Court Tournament

By Dave Schutte
Enquirer contributor

        Peter and Van VanLingen have dominated the National Father and Son Clay Court Tournament since 1991, winning six times in their last eight appearances. In their final trip to Cincinnati Tennis Club for the event, the VanLingens will attempt to leave as winners. They'll meet Bob and Bart Scott for the championship at 2:30p.m. today.

        “I'll be 60 years old next year,” said Peter VanLingen, a former Davis Cup player for South Africa. “I'm still standing up and we're still competitive. (But) it's time to turn the tournament over to the younger sons.”

        The VanLingens won the event in 2000 but skipped last year's tournament because of an injury to Peter. They also took home the gold trophy in 1991, '92, '93, '95 and '96.

        They were tournament runners-up in 1994 and '98.

        In the quarterfinals, the VanLingens, who were seeded No.4, defeated first-time participants Roy and Jonathan Barth 6-2, 6-4. They upset the No.2-seeded team of Neal and Cole Newman 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.

        Down 0-3 in the first set against the Newmans, the VanLingens fought from being down 0-40 to hold serve, then went on to win five of the next six games.

        “They were killing us,” Peter VanLingen said. “They were hitting the lines and getting a lot of aces. When we held at 0-40, this turned the match around.”

        Another crucial break came in the second set with the VanLingens leading 5-4 and the Newmans serving at deuce. During a point that was won by the Newmans, a ball from an adjacent court rolled into play, nullifying the point.

        Seeded No.5, the Scotts are making their second appearance in this event and third in a national father-and-son tournament. They finished third here last year and were third at the National Hard Court Tournament in December.

        “Bart will be a senior at the University of New Mexico and is with me in New York (West Hampton Country Club) this summer,” said Bob Scott, who is the men's and women's tennis coach at the University of Southern Colorado.

        “We hadn't played or practiced together for two years going into last year's tournament, but this summer we played in four or five matches to get ready.”

        Bart Scott is the hardest hitter in the championship match. His style of play is complemented by Bob Scott's finesse shots, which were the difference in their Saturday matches.

        LOCAL TEAMS: The Cincinnati team of Devin and Ryan McCarthy had the best tournament of the five local teams entered.

        After losing to top seeds Jerry and Brett Morse-Karzen in the first round, the McCarthys posted three straight victories before losing to the team of Clayton and Trey Taylor in the backdraw quarterfinals 7-5, 6-3.


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