COURAGEOUS FANS IN THE LINE OF FIRE
Jane Headley had a great view of John Isner's scorching serves.
Perhaps too good.
The 89-year-old Headley took to shielding her face with her purse when the 6-foot-10 American was serving in her direction. She was in the front row behind the baseline.
Isner's serves reached 139 mph in Friday's match against Novak Djokovic.
"He really rockets it and it's aimed at me. I won't fall asleep in the matches," said Headley, an avid tennis fan who flew in from Berkeley, Calif., for the Davis Cup. "That's why I held my purse up, but I didn't have anything on my legs."
She took a ball off her leg during the match.
"It will probably be a little bruised tomorrow," she said.
The stands are right at 27 feet behind the baseline, the minimum distance required by the Davis Cup for matches at this level.
The distance wasn't enough to stop serves, mostly from Isner, from bouncing into the stands and keeping fans on their toes.
"You know you can't react quickly enough," said front-row fan Duane Jacklin, from Post Falls.
Jacklin and his wife, Susan, joked that they might bring a baseball glove for the rest of the event.
While Headley may have a souvenir bruise, no fan got to keep a ball that went into the stands. They were quickly returned to the ball boys and girls.
COURIER IS CAPTAIN COOL
U.S. captain Jim Courier wore a suit and tie on the bench Friday. And outside of a few small fist pumps or nods of encouragement to Isner and Sam Querrey, he kept a workmanlike demeanor - even as the final match tightened and the crowd grew louder.
"It's a long day for the captain. I have to watch both matches like you guys do, and I need my energy to be able to evaluate what's going on and have input on the change of ends, which is where I can really make an impact, whether it's not saying anything or a tidbit here or there," Courier said.
"I don't like to waste a lot of energy cheering. I don't clap. It's not my thing. I'm here to help these guys on the change of ends and provide support for them. They're the ones that have to hit the shots. I don't need to be moving all over the place. That doesn't do anybody any good."
BOISE STATE MEN HOST BYU SATURDAY MORNING
The regular-season match is part of the United States Tennis Association College MatchDay series. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at Appleton Tennis Center on the Boise State campus, adjacent to Taco Bell Arena and the Davis Cup matches.
USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty and USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith are scheduled to appear.
If it rains, and the match cannot be played outdoors, it will be moved to the indoor Boas Tennis Center (1507 S. Oakland Ave.).
The first 200 fans will receive a free hat, and kids 10 and under will have the chance to win USTA prizes. Breakfast food will be available at the concessions stand.