The United States will take on Serbia, whose roster features world No. 1 player Novak Djokovic, in a quarterfinal match April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena.
The United States Tennis Association and U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier made the joint announcement Sunday night.
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 Boise State tennis coach Greg 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 quarterfinal:
Æ In Jacksonville, Fla., Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to give the U.S. a dramatic 3-2 win over Brazil.
Æ 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, the Australian Open champion, did not play Sunday.
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.
Idaho Tennis Association Executive Director Steve Bickham said Djokovic is expected to play in Boise. Barring injury, hes going to be here, he said. Hes a pretty avid Davis Cup player, a big Serbian guy and a national hero there so he supports Davis Cup quite a bit.
The Davis Cup is an annual 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.
Ticket prices, set by the USTA, will range from $100 to $500 for a three-day pass, Bickham said. Tickets will go on sale to the public in late February. For more information, fans can call the U.S. Davis Cup hotline at (888) 484-8782 or visit www.usta.com/daviscup.
Taco Bell Arena will have an expected capacity of approximately 11,700 for the event.
The U.S. and Serbia will compete in a Davis Cup match for only the second time. Led by Djokovic, Serbia won the previous meeting 3-2 in a 2010 first-round match in Belgrade. Serbia is one of only three countries to have a winning Davis Cup record against the U.S.
We wanted to face Serbia. Theyre one of the great Davis Cup nations right now, Courier said. If you want to lift this trophy, you need to beat the best teams and that certainly is one of them. We look forward to the challenge.
The Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the Boise match.
The U.S.-Serbia winner will play in the semifinals in September.