Tennis Ace

Best Athletic Shoe Shops, November 2008
Atwater Village’s Racket Doctor has a bigger inventory, but Tennis Ace has strong opinions. Owner Bruce Man-Son-Hing is a former tennis pro who played for UC Irvine and whose daughter Sabrina is on the Calabasas High team. If you’re lucky, you’ll be served by Bruce’s father, Ivor, who will listen to your spiel about bad sprains or lost agility and come back with advice on which shoe might resolve your problems. Then you can expand the conversation to politics, history, and geography as a steady stream of customers passes through to pick up their restrung rackets.