Imagine a packed house, electrifying tennis, raucous cheering for most every point played, and the potential for an entire weekend of tennis culminating in a Sunday afternoon singles match, with both players scrapping for every point, and the score two sets all, and 5 games all in the fifth and deciding set of a Davis Cup tie.
Davis Cup brings an entirely different level of energy to professional tennis. Personally I have been to Wimbledon, the BNP Paribas, McEnroe exhibitions in New Orleans, as well as two Davis Cup ties one in Portland where we won the Cup, and one in Birmingham Alabama – but truly nothing matches the look feel and excitement of Davis Cup. In Portland, I met many many people who said this was their fifth, eighth or even the tenth tie they have attended. Why? Because of the potential for searing drama.
The United States hosts Serbia, featuring world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in a Davis Cup quarterfinal April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise Idaho. “Obviously for tennis, this is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to Boise and the state of Idaho. … The community is just going to love it,’’ said Patton, part of the organizing group that worked to bring the international match to Boise. And a note, Greg Patton and the Boise community will work to pack the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University.
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 Sam Querrey over Thiago Alves.
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
The American squad is led by 16th ranked John Isner, 21st ranked Sam Querrey, and the world number one doubles tandem of Bob and Mike Bryant. And before you think Serbia may pose too daunting a threat, note that both John and Sam have posted wins over Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic. This Davis Cup tie is anything but a sure thing.
I welcome your comments. Share your Davis Cup memories with others – this is team tennis competition of the highest sort. I hope to see you in Boise!!
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