Pro Tennis Event Honors Physician Leader

A strong field of rising professional tennis players will vie for a piece of the $100,000 purse in the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship Oct. 7-15 at Solano Community College.

The final leg of the men’s worldwide ATP Challenger Tour’s swing through Northern California includes Ernesto Escobedo, a 20-year-old Californian from West Covina who is moving up the ranks. He is ranked inside the Top 100 players.  

NorthBay Healthcare is presenting sponsor to help raise funds for the Dr. Chris CammisaChris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds Solano College’s tennis teams and brings tennis and education programs to underserved youth of Solano County.

Dr. Cammisa, a tennis enthusiast, served as chairman of the department of family practice at NorthBay Healthcare. He also was chief medical officer at Partnership Health Plan from 1999 to 2010 before his passing in June 2014.

Several NorthBay orthopedic specialists will comprise the medical team that will staff the tournament.

There are 32 professional players in the main draw, 16 of whom are in the top 100s and five more ranked 200th or better. Ten Americans face off against a field that includes players from Germany, Serbia, Australia and five other countries.

Admission is free admission for the Oct. 7-13 matches.  General Admission during Championship Weekend is $15 each day.

The tournament still needs “ball kids” and volunteers for court Monitoring, hospitality, expeditors and other tasks. Help housing USTA officials is also sought. To learn more, go, or email

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