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The $100,000 NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship tennis tournament returns to Solano Community College in October and if the past three years of the tournament are any indication, it promises to showcase some of the best players in the world.
Consider what happened at this year’s Australian Open. As Tennys Sandgren signed autographs following a victory that launched him into the quarterfinals, ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert recounted on national television Sandgren’s journey through the United States Tennis Association’s Challenger Series, including his tournament appearance in Fairfield just months earlier.
The Challenger event will be held at Solano Oct. 6-14. Time will tell who the next group of up-and-coming stars might be.
But eight of the current top-100 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings played in Fairfield the last two years and a total of 17 opened play this week at Wimbledon.
“The quality of tennis is incredibly high,” tournament director and Northern California Tennis Hall of Famer Phil Cello said of the annual Fairfield tournament. “You truly get to see players, in many cases, you would have seen in San Jose (at the SAP Open) and Indian Wells.”
Rafael “Raf” Rovira, assistant tournament director and tennis coach at SCC, added, “You’ll not only see up-and-comers but guys who are also later in their careers and hoping to get back on top.”
The Fairfield tournament is the final leg of the men’s worldwide ATP Challenger Tour’s swing through Northern California. It is one of six tennis tournaments of its kind in the United States and a great opportunity for county residents to watch professional tennis up close. There will be 32 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles once the draw is set after the opening weekend qualifying tournament. The field of professionals will be finalized in September. There is also a Pro-Am in which local players can team up with professionals in friendly competition against each other. The tournament benefits the Dr. Chris Cammisa Tennis and Educational Foundation, an organization that supports the women’s and men’s teams at SCC and also introduces tennis and a related educational program to underserved youths in Solano County.
NorthBay Healthcare joined as the title sponsor in 2017, honoring the legacy of Dr. Cammisa, who served as its chairman in the department of family practice. Dr. Cammisa was also chief medical officer at Partnership Health Plan from 1999 to 2010 before his passing in June 2014.
Call for ‘BALL KIDS’ for Men’s PRO Tennis Event
There is no better seat in the house at a professional tennis tournament than being on the court - literally - next to players vying for a purse of $100,000. And it’s only available to kids. Organizers are seeking “ball kids” to work during the 2018 NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Professional Championship from Saturday, Oct. 6 through the title match on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Solano Community College.
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