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Tournament Needs ‘Ball Kid’ Volunteers

Posted: August 2, 2019

“Ball Kids” are needed for the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship this October at Solano Community College.

Boys and girls 11 years old and up are encouraged to volunteer for the annual tennis tournament Oct. 7-13. It’s an important but fun opportunity to be among world class professional athletes, keeping the action on the court moving and allowing officials and players alike to remain focused on their matches.

“Ball kids can make or break a tournament,” said Rafael Rovira, co-director of the tournament and coordinator of the young volunteers. “In the last few years, we’ve had some good ones who have really been into it and done a great job.”

Those who volunteer will receive training, a tournament T-shirt and meals. There are two shifts each day, one beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the other starting at 2 p.m. There are also some night matches. Each shift lasts around four hours and offers frequent breaks.

“Ball Kids” must be able to remain focused and alert, have a general knowledge of tennis, and be able to keep score, including tiebreakers, so they can stay aware of what is happening on the court. They must also wear dark shorts and shoes with non-marking soles.

The Fairfield tournament is in the final leg of the men’s worldwide ATP Challenger and USTA Pro Circuit to run through Northern California. The tournament benefits the Dr. Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization that supports the women’s and men’s tennis teams at Solano Community College and also introduces tennis and a related educational program to underserved youth in Solano County.

There will be 48 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles once the draw is set this fall.  The tournament features world-ranked players, many of whom have major tournament experience. This week alone there are 17 former Fairfield Challenger players at Wimbledon.

For more information on serving as “Ball Kids,” other volunteer opportunities, or providing tournament sponsorships, contact tournament director Phil Cello by phone at (707) 853-0915 or email Cellotennis@Comcast.net, or Rafeal at (707) 246-0990, or email at Rafael.Rovira@Solano.edu.

Information is also available online. Visit the tournament website, FairfieldProTennis.com, or log into Facebook at Facebook.com/Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation.