The United States will take on Serbia, featuring world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in a Davis Cup quarterfinal April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena.
The Associated Press reported the matchup Sunday, and Boise State tennis coach Greg Patton confirmed the news to the Idaho Statesman.
Obviously for tennis, this is the biggest thing thats 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.
Two Davis Cup matches were completed Sunday, which finalized the Boise matchup:
- In Jacksonville, Fla., Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil.
- In Charleroi, Belgium, Serbia lost both reverse singles matches to Belgium, but still advanced with a 3-2 victory that was cemented after Saturdays matches. Djokovic did not play Sunday, but the Australian Open champion is expected to compete in Boise, Patton said.
In addition to Querrey, the U.S. lineup over the weekend included singles player John Isner and brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the worlds No. 1 doubles team that won the Australian Open mens title last month.
The U.S. team is captained by Jim Courier, who had special praise for the 20th-ranked Querrey after his Sunday match.
Sam faced some adversity at the end and played a great tiebreaker to get past not closing it out on serve," Courier said. Those are learning moments for a player, things you can draw on later on in your career. Today is a good day for Sam and our team in a lot of ways.
Patton has been working with Idaho Tennis Association Executive Director Steve Bickham and local businesses to bring the Davis Cup to Boise. Tacoma, Wash., was previously in the running, Bickham told the Statesman last month.
The Davis Cup is an annual team tournament between nations. Each team consists of two singles players and a doubles team. In Boise, there will be two singles matches Friday, April 5, a doubles match April 6 and two singles matches April 7. Each match is worth a point, and a team needs three points to advance.
The United States Tennis Association is expected to make a formal announcement in Boise this week, Patton said.
Patton has strong connections with Courier (coached by Patton as a junior and played an exhibition match against John McEnroe in Boise), Querrey (coached by Patton as a junior) and the Bryan brothers (played World TeamTennis for Patton and the Idaho Sneakers in Boise).
Courier also planned to be part of the now-defunct sports-oriented Legacy development in Eagle.
"He's got a soft spot in his heart for this place,'' Bickham said of Courier last month.
In the past, Boise has drawn large crowds for tennis events. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova have played in Boise in the past, largely because of Patton.
Patton is counting on the fans to turn out to support this event, too. The USTA typically requires a $400,000 guarantee for a bid, Patton and Bickham said.
Ticket prices, set by the USTA, could range from $100 to $500 for a three-day pass, Bickham said. He and Patton are confident that local fans and visiting fans will create a great atmosphere for tennis.
The USTA has made a lot of concessions to try and make this work for us, Patton said last month. I think Im being pretty pragmatic. I said this, My word is on the line, you bring it to Boise and we're going to pack it.