Pro Circuit in the NorCal Community
The USTA Pro Circuit brought seven competitive events to the NorCal area this season, with some of the best pro tennis in the nation. Not only that, but there were also tons of great community events, including pro-ams, charity events, luncheons, clinics, and kids days!
Check out some of the amazing events that brought out our local communities for tennis fun!
Stockton Challenger • University of Pacific, Stockton
July 12-19 • Website & Results
Hosted on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton, this challenger was the first Pro Circuit event to hit NorCal! We had our Fast Serve Booth up and running for kids to try, as well as fun prizes and giveaways. Thanks to David Van Brunt and Michael Applegate for putting on the Wheelchair Exhibition!
FSP Gold River Challenger • Gold River Racquet Club, Sacramento
July 19-26 • Website & Results
In addition to hosting a successful Kid’s Day as well as a Wheelchair Exhibition, the Sacramento Challenger also had a hugely successful Ladies Day. The proceeds from the Pro Am where people could play in a round robin against touring professionals also had a raffle that benefited St. John’s Program for Real Change, an organization that helps homeless women. To learn more about St. John’s, click here.
Comerica Challenger • Seaside Sports Club, Aptos
August 10-16 • Website & Results
The Comerica Bank Challenger featured a High Performance Clinic, an exclusive event for USTA NorCal’s top junior players. This year it was led by head pro Brian Cory, and featured ATP players including Andre Dome, John Paul Fruttero, and Clay Thompson.
As the High Performance Clinic wrapped up, kids from local YMCA groups began to filter into Seascape Sports Club for the community portion of Kid’s Day. The festival included about 80 kids, 3 courts, the fast serve booth, and a number of incredible volunteers.
Ascension Project Challenger • Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, Redding
September 13-20 • Website & Results
This Pro Circuit event teamed up with local business Cresswell Therapy to offer free physical therapy assessments on select days throughout the tournament! The event opened with a wine tasting fundraiser benefiting the Ascension Project, which is focused on developing athletes into leaders. There was also a Road to College Workshop from members of Team Ascension. To learn more about the Ascension Project, click here!
Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger • Tiburon Peninsula Club, Tiburon
September 26-October 4 • Website & Results
In addition to a thrilling final match where Tim Smyczek saved four match points to win, the Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger also hosted a visit with tournament players and the Reed School and Bel Air School. The USTA Kid’s Day was on the first day of qualifying matches and saw a great turnout. There was also a Junior Tennis exhibition between the two finals matches!
Sacramento Challenger • Natomas Racquet Club, Sacramento
October 3-11 • Website & Results
The Sacramento Challenger, one of only six at the $100,000 level and celebrating its fifth year as a Challenger event, hosted a Kid’s Day, a Pro-Am, a Welcome BBQ and a Ladies Clinic & Lunch.
Fairfield Challenger • In-Shape Rancho Solano, Fairfield
October 12-18 • Website & Results
The Kids Day Carnival was a huge hit with a fastest serve competition, hit for prize court, games and prizes. There was also a Ladies Day and Clinic on Wednesday, a Stroke of the Day Clinic, and a Member Appreciation Clinic. Proceeds from the clinics went to the Chris Cammisa Tennis & Education Foundation (CCTEF), which provides programs and facilities to further the athletic and academic opportunities for Solano Community College students, along with young athletes from Solano County.