Bill Scott says that one time when he was playing tennis, he tripped on a loose tennis ball and landed on his head. He says it hurt a lot.
Now, Scott owns a Sun Valley manufacturing company that produces high-speed mixers for restaurants. But when a business partner suggested a new product, a belt that holds loose tennis balls, Scott fell for the idea.
Thus was born the Ace Tennis Ball Caddy.
The device straps around the waist and can hold up to five tennis balls. The belt is made of polyester. The clear plastic ball holder fits into the small of the player's back and, Scott promises, does not interfere with playing.
The caddy has made a hit among local players, according to Ron McCabe, founder of the Studio City-based Southern California Tennis Club.