Tennis Pros Promote Healthy Kids

The NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship tennis tournament finished in thrilling fashion with excellent tennis played before a capacity crowd at Solano Community College in May.

American Bjorn Fratangelo dominated the field at the $100,000 challenge, winning his first title in two years, beating eighth-seed Australian Alex Bolt 6-4, 6-3 in the ATP Challenger Series and USTA Pro Circuit event. The Pittsburgh native and current Orlando, Fla., resident was working his way back from a knee injury he suffered in Madrid just months ago.

Presenting the winning prize money ($14,400) and trophy, NorthBay President and CEO Konard Jones congratulated Fratangelo on an excellent win and thanked the crowd that packed the seats for the final match, explaining NorthBay’s commitment to good health and the community as the driving force behind the decision to be title sponsor for the event.

“Any time we can be engaged with the community and promoting healthy, family-friendly events like this, that’s where we want to be,” Jones said.

Throughout the nine-day tournament, top-notch tennis captured strong community attention and, as the match was live streamed on the internet, an audience of thousands across the globe.

It also planted the seeds of tennis fandom with a group of local youth from The Leaven. Dozens of youngsters crowded the college courts for Net Generation night at the tournament, getting their hands on rackets and balls for a few basic lessons. The program is designed to inspire the next generation of players and fans of the sport.

The tournament benefits the Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, which not only supports the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Solano Community College but also helps reach underserved youth throughout Solano County.

The singles match followed a spectacular doubles final that saw top-seed Sanchai Ratiwatana of Thailand and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia win the title by beating Harri Heliovaara of Finland and Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 6-0, 7-6 (9). It earned Ratiwatana and Rungkat $6,200 in prize money.