THE DOS & DON'TSOF CROWD ETIQUETTE
Rowdy but respectful. That's the balance the U.S. hopes to get from the crowd at Taco Bell Arena. "The crowd's role is to be vocal - that's why playing at home is a big advantage," doubles player Bob Bryan said. "Davis Cup is really unlike any other tour event. Fans have pom-poms, their faces are painted, you'll see the flags out everywhere. We've had great experience in the past with Davis Cup being sold out, packed, really carrying the squad through in tough moments."
FIRST, THE RULES
Quiet is expected during play.
You'll be asked to remain in your seat or in the concourse until a changeover, the players' break after every two games (when you leave, expect to miss at least two games).
NOW THE FUN
Noisemakers are allowed.
"The best way to describe it is it's more like going to a college sporting event where there's a very partisan crowd," U.S. captain Jim Courier said. "We don't encourage fans at U.S. Davis Cup matches to cheer during play, but once the point is over we do expect and encourage a very partisan crowd. ... Our crowd tends to be very respectful and appreciative of the opposition. A good shot deserves applause. We'd like our crowd to be partisan but fair."
If in doubt, take your cues from the Serbians. Courier expects a small but noticeable group supporting the visitors. "Which probably will inspire the American fans to get more into it," he said.
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