PAMF Serves as Official Medical Provider of SAP Open
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is pleased to serve as the Official Medical Provider of the SAP Open tennis tournament at HP Pavilion at San Jose, February 11 – 17, 2013. Richard Gayle, M.D., a sports medicine and orthopedics expert, will serve as head tournament physician. Dr. Gayle will oversee physician coverage and will work alongside the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) athletic trainers in coordinating care of the tennis players.
The SAP Open has a strong tennis history and is now playing in its 125th year. It is the second oldest men’s professional tennis tournament in the United States. Started in 1889 at Old Del Monte Lodge in Monterey, Calif., the tournament predates the French, Italian and Australian Opens.
“Professional tennis has had a long and storied history in the Bay Area and we are very pleased to be providing medical coverage for this event involving such an elite caliber of professional tennis players from around the world,” said Dr. Gayle.
Previous PAMF Competitive Sports Team Medical Support
Most recently, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) served as Official Health Provider of the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at HP Pavilion at San Jose, January 2012. In summer 2012, Dr. Gayle and his fellow PAMF physicians provided medical care for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials’ athletes, USA Gymnastics officials and coaches at Gymnastics City USA at HP Pavilion at San Jose – one of the sport’s most prestigious events.
Dr. Gayle’s previous competitive sports team medical support includes the San Jose Sharks’ 1998-99 season, where he served as an assistant team physician and has had prior experience with figure skating competition medical coverage. Dr. Gayle also serves as an assistant team physician for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) during training camp and has previously served as team physician for the U.S. National Rugby team.
Physicians in PAMF’s Sports Medicine departments serve as team doctors and orthopedic consultants to several professional sports teams and organizations, including the USA Women’s Basketball Team, the USA Track and Field Teams, the United States Rugby Association, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Raiders, the San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors.