Davis Cup tennis and possibly the world’s best men’s professional player, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, are coming to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University in early April.
The U.S. Tennis Association reported in early February that the U.S. Davis Cup team will host Serbia in the tournament quarterfinals Friday through Sunday, April 5-7 indoors at Taco Bell Arena, with its seating capacity of approximately 11,700 people.
This past week, the USTA announced news about how you can obtain tickets.
Only three-day, non-refundable ticket packages will be sold. They start at $500 plus service fees for the seats closest to the court, and range down to $375, $270, $140 and $90.
Customers are limited to no more than 12 three-day ticket packages per household. Children two years and older must have a ticket. There are no senior citizen, student, group or military discounts.
Ticket packages go on pre-sale Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time for USTA members only, and on Feb. 27 for the general public.
Current USTA members are encouraged to contact 1-800-990-8782 to confirm current email addresses to complete the pre-sale process. The general sale begins Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time. Those tickets are only available at idahotickets.com or by calling 888-484-8782.
Two items of interest:
The USTA announced that the U.S.-Serbia Davis Cup tie will be shown live on Tennis Channel all three days; and the organizing committee said it is seeking event volunteers in a variety of positions. You must complete the online volunteer application which will be made available March 1 at www.usta.com/daviscup.
U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier is looking forward to bringing his team to Boise and hosting Serbia in the upcoming best-of-five series. The Serbian team features the world’s No. 1-ranked player in Djokovic.
The Americans earned the quarterfinal meeting with Serbia with a dramatic 3-2 first-round victory over Brazil Feb. 2 at Jacksonville, Fla. that was capped by a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) men’s singles victory by 20th-ranked Sam Querrey over Thiago Alves.
Contributing to the U.S. win over Brazil that finalized April’s Boise match-up was the world’s No. 1 men’s doubles team of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the reigning Australian Open champions, as well as singles player John Isner.
Team captain Courier has connections to Boise since he was coached by BSU tennis coach Greg Patton, who has worked hard to bring the event to Boise. It will be just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition.
Led by Djokovic, Serbia won the only previous meeting 3-2 in the 2010 World Group first round at Belgrade. Djokovic defeated both Isner and Querrey in that competition. Serbia went on to win the 2010 Davis Cup over France.
Djokovic, 25, a 6-2, tenth-year professional, has won over $48 million during a career that includes a 477-123 singles record, 35 singles titles and four Australian Open singles championships. He was the 2011 Wimbledon and U.S. Open king, and had a string of 43 straight victories from the 2010 Davis Cup final through the 2011 French Open.
Patton told the Boise-based Idaho Statesman newspaper in a Feb. 3 article that hosting the Davis Cup in April will be the most significant tennis event, ever, for Boise and state of Idaho. Team captain Courier also liked Boise for a location because he felt the city’s 2,800-foot altitude might provide a bit of homecourt advantage for the Americans.
One factor that might prevent Djokovic from competing, the Wall Street Journal has reported, is if the 2012 French Open runner-up decides to concentrate on clay court training to prepare for June’s French Open.
Serbia is one of only three countries to have a winning record against the U.S. in the annual Davis Cup team competition. Each team consists of two singles players and one doubles team. Planned for Boise are two singles matches April 5, a doubles match April 6 and two singles matches April 7.
Each match is worth a point. A team needs three points to advance.
The other three match-ups for the April 5-7 quarterfinals are France vs. Argentina, Canada vs. Italy and Czech Republic vs. Kazakhstan. This year’s semi-finals are set for Sept. 13-15, and the finals Nov. 15-17. Last year, the Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 for the title.
Serbia won its first-round clash 3-2 over Belgium Feb. 3, Djokovic giving Serbia a 2-0 lead with a straight-set singles victory.
Players will be named to each team no later than 10 days prior to the start of April’s competition, the USTA said. Start times for the matches each day will also be announced at a later date.
The USTA has informed Boise officials that it will bring its own hardcourt and pad from Maryland, and they will be placed on top of the floor at Taco Bell Arena. Idaho will thus become the 34th state to host a Davis Cup competition.