NorthBay Pro Tennis Event Attracts Future Stars

The NorthBay Healthcare Men's Pro Championship tennis tournament returns to Solano Community College October 6-14.

"The quality of tennis is incredibly high," tournament director and Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame coach Phil Cello said. "You truly get to see players, in many cases, you would have seen in San Jose (at the SAP Open) and Indian Wells."

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.

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.

Dr. Kevin Miller from NorthBay Center for Orthopedics heads the local medical team that will be on site to treat injured players. In addition, a group of NorthBay physicians and employees will participate in a pro-am event just prior to the tournament's opening round.

Tickets for the nine-day tournament go on sale in the fall. All seating are in close proximity to the courts. There are also numerous opportunities to be tournament sponsors, volunteers, and for youth, to be "Ball Kids" during the matches.

The tournament website can be found at FairfieldProTennis.com.