As a Davis Cup host site, Boise received excellent marks - but a return visit might be years away.
Jeff Ryan, the senior director of team events for the United States Tennis Association, texted his wife Sunday, "This one will always stand out." He also noted the rotating nature of the Davis Cup means a return is "seven, maybe 10 years at the soonest."
However, Ryan said he has Boise in mind as a future site for the women's version of the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup.
"I would like to put the idea out there and encourage Boise to stay in touch about the women's draw," Ryan said.
Davis Cup captain Jim Courier and Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez likely will talk about that possibility, with some "positive stories to be shared," Ryan said.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic said, "We had all the best conditions here to prepare and play well," while the United States' Sam Querrey had no shortage of compliments.
"The venue was amazing, the city was great. I thought everything was perfect," Querrey said. "I thought the fans did a great job coming out and cheering. Boise is a great tennis town. Hopefully we can have another tie here one day."
Sunday's announced attendance of 8,612 brought the three-day total to 24,715.
Chris Moore, president of Knitting Factory Presents and a key figure in bringing the Davis Cup to Boise, believes the goal for the event was achieved.
"From an economic impact to the community, it was fantastic - that was the main focus for us, to deliver it to Boise," Moore said. "I'm a big tennis fan now, too."
For Boise State men's tennis coach Greg Patton, bringing the Davis Cup to Boise was a dream realized. He has spent a decade trying to get the event to Boise.
Though he admits he was hopeful that no seat in Taco Bell Arena would be left empty, Patton, along with Moore, was among the last to file out of the arena Sunday.
"It was a party that I just didn't want to end - I might just go sit on the court until they make me move," Patton said. "Every single day brought just a different, great element."
From the junior players behind the U.S. bench to Ryan and Patton, many have spoken of how the event hopefully will inspire young players to take up the game or aspire to take their games to a new level.
"I hope it's not just one fire that gets lit. I hope it's more like a forest fire," Patton said.
After three days of tennis at its highest level, the Davis Cup may have created new fans. It also created some new fans of Boise after a well-run week.
"It was a tremendous atmosphere. I think Boise has a lot to be proud of," Courier said.
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