BOISE SINGERS HIT RIGHT NOTES ON SERBIAN ANTHEM
As a renowned baritone who has performed in operas from coast to coast, Jason Detwiler finally was able to sing the national anthem Saturday and Sunday.
Not our national anthem - Serbia's national anthem.
Detwiler, a Boise resident and frequent Opera Idaho performer, sang the anthem prior to Davis Cup matches. His wife, Michele, performed it Friday.
"It's pretty crazy that was the first one I've done - and it was in Serbian," Detwiler said. "It took a little bit of doing."
The Detwilers were offered the opportunity to perform the anthem about two weeks ago. Detwiler said he has experience performing in Russian, which helped, and the couple also got help from a Boise State professor from Serbia.
"Opera singers have pretty good ears," Jason said. " Thankfully, it was on YouTube. Honestly, the best one for me was a 10-year-old girl singing it because she had the clearest diction."
A tennis fan who traveled from Serbia to Boise for the Davis Cup emailed Jason on Sunday morning to compliment his rendition. It also got strong approval from the Serbian team. Captain Bogdan Obradovic said, "We should give them our passports."
"Amazing, really amazing," top-ranked player Novak Djokovic said. "They had great, perfect pronunciation of the notes and the words. We were really surprised well done."
IDAHO RESIDENT, DAVIS CUP CHAMP
Mats Wilander, a Swedish great who won seven Grand Slam singles titles in the 1980s, performed the coin toss Sunday to determine who would serve first. Wilander, who won three Davis Cups for Sweden, resides in Hailey. His son, Karl, won the 4A boys singles title at the Idaho state meet last year as a senior at Wood River High.
BRYANS HONORED WITH AWARD
The United States doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan was honored with a Davis Cup Commitment Award on Sunday. The awards are given to "players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition."
The top-ranked Bryans have competed together in 24 Davis Cup ties, going 20-4. Their loss Saturday was a shocker, but they acknowledged the battle Sunday when getting the award.
"We're very lucky to play for our country," Mike Bryan told the crowd. "(Saturday) was another great moment in our career. You guys really brought the noise."
DJOKOVIC WOWED BY DOUBLES
Djokovic, who watched Serbia's five-set upset victory in the doubles match, said the performance had the team very confident it could clinch with him first up Sunday.
"The way we celebrated (Saturday) after doubles, it was like we won the tie, because we knew how much it meant to us," Djokovic said.
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