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Local, family-owned company responsible for Mason tennis courts

MASON (Adam Clements) -- What's green, blue and in just a few short weeks will have the world's attention?

It's the courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

The Western and Southern Open starts Aug. 9.

The players,  they're the best of the best from all over the world. The courts are about as local as can be. Bob Ewers owns and operates Harry Ewers and Sons, a concrete and blacktop company in Kennedy Heights.

"My great-grandfather started it in 1908. He, his five sons and two daughters," said Ewers. "We'll do anything from a driveway, to a parking lot, golf course cart paths, we'll do tennis courts. We'll build you a basketball court. We can do pretty much anything."

He holds the great challenge of making sure the courts in Mason are in tip top shape every year for the tournament.

"It gets five coats of cushion on it, and five coats of color on it too. That's 10 coats of material on each court when they're new. And then every year after that we put an additional three coats of color on each court, and there are 16 courts up here, so that's a lot of paint. It's a huge responsibility; a lot of sleepless nights."

After four generations of Ewers and more than a hundred years in business, Bob says the secret to success is simple.

"If you do a good job, people are going to call you back. It just amazes me that we were out here and this is our work. We see it on national TV and that's our court right there. It makes you proud."

And to this day, Ewers and sons remains a family business. Bob's brother-in-law and nephew work for the company along with 18 other employees.

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