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Established in 2008, Ace Court Equipment and Stringing (ACES) is a community-minded, family business located in Flagstaff, AZ. It is owned and operated by Scott and Jennifer Weber, who have lived in the Flagstaff community for over 16 years.
ACES evolved from a community mindset, starting as a home business geared to providing inexpensive strings and stringing services to local tennis, racquetball, and badminton players. With a Northern Arizona Racquet Center in mind (see Vision and Mission), ACES opened as a retail store in 2008 and has been incrementally growing with each passing year. Focus is now on expansion to eCommerce, as necessary to generate the revenue and investments needed to build a major racquet center.
What was the inspiration for ACES? ACES founder and president, Scott Weber, recognizes the important role tennis played in his life. He started playing at age 8 in the small farm town of Blue Earth, MN (population 3500). His high school team won two Minnesota State High School Championships and he also experienced the thrill of competing in United States Tennis Association (USTA) junior sanctioned tournaments throughout the Midwest U.S. Lessons learned on and off the court helped him grow and mature in youth and as an adult over a successful 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, which in turn instilled a deep sense of public service. After retiring from the Air Force and settling into Flagstaff, AZ with his family, Scott began exploring ways to give back to tennis and racquet sports in general.
In 2006, he volunteered as a coach on the Flagstaff High School Boys and Girls Tennis Teams, which became the first Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) tennis teams in Flagstaff history. Building the team included an ambitious project to restore two school tennis courts that had been overrun by plants and trash after 20 years of neglect. Today, there are four Flagstaff high schools with AIA tennis programs.
In order to keep the competitive spirit moving forward, he worked with community volunteers to start annual USTA sanctioned tennis tournaments. These tournaments, sponsored by ACES and powered by community volunteers, have grown into community traditions over the past 10 years.
To gain greater insight and appreciation for the game, and to support the growth of local sanctioned tournaments, Scott became a certified tennis official. He officiates as a Referee, Rover, Chair Umpire, and Line Umpire, working junior and adult sanctioned tournaments, collegiate competitions, and professional events.
Scott sought volunteer work in the USTA, serving on the USTA Northern Arizona (NAZ) District Board of Directors for nine years and filling a variety of positions, to include NAZ League Coordinator, NAZ Officials Chairperson, Vice President for Technology, Treasurer, and Bookkeeper.
He is also the founder of the Flagstaff Tennis Association (FTA), a USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) and USTA Organizational Member. Scott served as the FTA President for 6 years, and also wore hats as the FTA Treasurer and FTA Secretary. FTA leaders and volunteers work hard to unify the Flagstaff community by serving as the nucleus of community tennis to develop and grow the sport as a means of healthful recreation, physical fitness, and athletic competition.
ACES grew out of these and other community-focused efforts, and with support from customers and community, it will continue to positively impact tennis and other racquet sports.