City of Trees to host prestigious Davis Cup matches
Eric Fink talked with local tennis players and fans to get their reaction. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Tennis fans are about to receive an overhead smash of excitement from the sport they love.
For the first time, the City of Trees will be a host city for the Davis Cup this spring.
Boise will welcome some of the world's best including reigning Australian Open champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
The United States takes on Serbia, Djokovic's home country in singles and doubles matches April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State's men's tennis coach, Greg Patton, calls bringing the Davis Cup to the valley the biggest tennis-related event to happen not only in Boise, but throughout the entire state.
The local tennis community is stoked to see the pros in action.
"It's amazing," Boise's Kathy Brashear said. Brashear, a lifelong tennis fan, tried to get tickets for the event online Sunday night. "We're already on the map because our blue field Boise State, but I think this is going to put us on a global spectrum to have the Davis Cup here."
Bill McGrath, the tennis director at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club believes the City of Trees is a prime location for this international match. "While our population does not match that of other cities, we have the third highest concentration of tennis players in the United States," McGrath said. "There is going to be tremendous support and I would not be surprised if we don't fill Taco Bell Arena."
In addition to Djokovic, the Davis Cup matches in Boise will feature the Bryan brothers, the top doubles team in the world.
Ticket prices are set by the United States Tennis Association and may range from $100 - $500 for a weekend pass. Tickets go on sale to the general public at the end of February.