Lights Ready To Shine On NorthBay Tennis Tournament

Top-notch tennis played under the lights for the first time will take place on top-flight resurfaced courts at Solano Community College when the $100,000 NorthBay Healthcare Men's Pro Championship returns Oct. 6-14.

High-powered temporary lights will provide illumination for night matches during the tennis tournament thanks to the work of Bay Area company Green Energy Innovations. A full slate of tennis will be on display during each day session before giving way to a new lighted show court featuring the top doubles and singles matches of the day.

Tickets for the night sessions will go on sale soon on the tournament website at Night sessions will be held Monday through Friday with day sessions scheduled throughout the entire length of the tournament.

The NorthBay Healthcare tournament is the final leg of the men's worldwide Association of Tennis Professionals 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 local fans to watch professional tennis up close.

Photometrics have already been taken to ensure proper lighting for the night matches. The bright bulbs will be affixed to poles and a scissors lift. Green Energy Innovations is very familiar to tennis lighting projects. They have done permanent lighting projects already at famed Bay Area locations like The Olympic Club and the Oakland Hills Tennis Club.

"Without the lights, we wouldn't have much of a livelihood during the week," tournament director Phil Cello said. "People work, and without lights, the last match of the day has to be on the court by 4 p.m., and sometimes those matches don't get completed before dark."

Four tournament courts will also have new surfacing thanks to another Bay Area company, Vintage Contractors. The resurfacing project will take place just weeks ahead of the tournament and help ensure a high-quality playing service and venue for spectators, officials and players.

Other improvements to the Solano College facility include the addition of new electrical and water lines to the courts, along with landscaping around the vicinity.

NorthBay Healthcare's tournament features 32 players in the singles and 16 teams in doubles field once the draw is set after the opening weekend qualifying tournament. There is also a Pro-Am in which local players can team up with professionals in friendly competition.

The tournament benefits the Dr. Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization that not only introduces tennis and a related education program to underserved youth in Solano County, but also helps support the men's and women's programs at Solano College.

There are numerous opportunities to be tournament sponsors, volunteers, and for youth, to be "Ball Kids" during the matches. For more information, contact Cello by phone at (707)-853-0915, or email at, or contact assistant director Rafael Rovira by phone at (707) 246-0990, or email at