Friday, April 3, 2015

ACE at the Powershare QQQ Challenge in Chicago!

What an incredible night of tennis in Chicago! ACE had the opportunity to watch some of the greatest American players of all time. A collection of three former #1 players in the world along with 11 Grand Slams and multiple Davis Cup winners. John McEnroe led the charge with Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and James Blake filling out the ticket.

In the first semifinal, Johnny Mac took on Jim Courier in a great exhibition of skill, but also laughter. The event was the first ever to not use line judges and only the Hawk Eye system to call the lines. This brought a new, exciting intrigue to the game, but also an opportunity for comic relief. Johnny Mac, as always, cracked jokes with his quick wit with Jim Courier being no slouch, coming right back with jokes of his own. Both men were hysterical and played an excellent exhibition of groundstrokes to hands at the net.

The second semifinal had a couple of the younger additions to the PowerShare series. Andy Roddick and James Blake, two good friends, fired-off to a great groundstroke and serve display with Andy prevailing at the end. The two men demonstrated the tennis skills that made them both top five in the world along with the athleticism that demonstrated these two could have played any sport.

The final showdown showcased the mouth and hands of McEnroe against the wit and power of Roddick. The match was a compilation of touch, velocity and jokes with Andy showing that age did matter on that night taking the set 6-3.

As for our ACE players, they enjoyed every bit of the tennis, the entertainment and the knowledge they will take to court this weekend to practices. Thank you to the PowerShares Series for stopping by in Chicago as we love to have the best sport in the world in such a tennis vibrant city!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What a great success: Rally 4 Hunger at ACE Academy!

Rally 4 Hunger

To pay it forward...

To give back...

To know the community is bigger than me...

These are all concepts that we strive for at ACE Academy. This was evident this morning as our players showed up in force to give back to those in need. Coach Stacey Smith from Rally4Hunger along with the staff at ACE Academy and Loaves & Fishes worked together to organize this great event. Our sponsors Opal Enterprises, Gamma Sports, and Dr. Jayanthi from Loyola University helped the event become a reality. Most importantly, our Players brought heart and soul to the event, giving this grand occasion LIFE!

We were touched when our high school Players showed to support the event. Fortunate enough for the event, our Players's had their competitions and practices canceled due to cold weather. Instead of staying home, sleeping in, or enjoying their Saturday off, our Players came out to hit, donate, and pay it forward. Our high school Players demonstrated the exemplary character that we strive for our ACE Players. They rallied with each other along with our young ACE players to obtain the rally goal, but also to teach our young players how important it is to give back. We are extremely proud of them!

Our Players also engaged in rallying the ball back and forth with their partners to obtain various goals. Each team set a goal of 40 balls in a row, which they ALL accomplished; no matter if they were Red, Orange, Green, or Yellow ball. The team that achieved the highest rally in 15 minutes with their respective color balls won their competition. Our closest battle saw three teams separated by a total of four balls. The winning team accomplished 565 with the second and third team rallying 563, an 561 balls respectively; quite a feat!

Thank you again to all of our 22 players, our 3 sponsors, our 2 partners, and our wonderful families for demonstrating what...

              To pay it forward...

              To give back...

              To know the community is bigger than me...

...actually means. Because of all of you, we have helped the community and will continue to do so!

Our Players and families were able to bring in over 600lbs of food to donate to Loaves & Fishes! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rally 4 Hungry event at the ACE Center!

ACE Academy is Proud to present Rally 4 Hunger!

We will be inviting all our Junior players and their friends to come and rally (play tennis) for those people in need. Players will need to bring in 5 cans of food to participate in this great event. Participants will be have a certain amount of time to reach tennis rally goals. The longer the rally, the higher the amount, the more we donate to those in need.

All money and food donations will go to Loves & Fishes to help feed those in need in our community. 

Join us at this great event!

to become a sponsor or donate by phone, please call 630-536-4092

ACE Academy thanks you for your support!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Youth Tennis and it's movement forward in the United States!

It is amazing how we are still battling this effort to allow kids the best possible success with modified equipment. At the same time, the battle is being won and we are starting to produce some serious American players that will compete with the rest of the world soon.

Naperville Channel 17 produced a great piece on this topic......Enjoy!

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