Davis Cup quarter finals comes to Taco Bell Arena

Davis Cup quarter finals comes to Taco Bell Arena

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The United States will take on Serbia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Taco Bell Arena April 5, 2013, Jeff Ryan of the USTA Davis Cup program formally announced Wednesday morning.

World No 1. Novak Djokovic will be featured for Serbia. This will be the first time Idaho has hosted the Davis Cup. Idaho is the 34th state to host this prestigious international competition.

“I’m the happiest man not in Boise, not in Idaho, but in the entire United States,” Boise State men’s tennis coach Gregg Patton said.

The Davis Cup is the largest annual international tennis team event in the world with 122 nations entered in 2013.  Sixteen competing in the world group can win the title which the United States has won 32 times, more than any other nation.

The last win for the U.S. was in 2007. April 5 will be the third time the U.S. Davis Cup team has gone up against the world number one player.

“Boise is the perfect stage to host the Davis Cup,” Ryan said. “It is a city that loves athletic competition and one of the strongest tennis teams in the country.

President of the Knitting Factory Chris Moore and head of the organizational committee for the Davis Cup played a big part in the hosting process.

“It is such a great opportunity once again to demonstrate and to watch world class competition and entertainment in our arena on campus,”  President Bob Kustra said.

Later this month presale of tickets will be available to members of the USTA followed by a sale to the general public. Tickets will be sold as a three-day package with prices starting at $100.

Competition will begin on Friday April 5th and Sunday will conclude the event with two reverse singles matches. Start times cannot yet be confirmed because the International Tennis Federation controls them. Times will be released before tickets are on sale, however more time may be needed to determine the start times.

“We want to be a city of superlatives, we have dedicated our city to be the most livable city in the country and we want to permeate everything we do,” Mayor David H. Bieter said. “We want to grow here and bring the best here. We have Christian Armstrong and not we have Davis Cup. ”

Information on the Davis cup can be found at USTA.COM/daviscup.

Tickets have sold out within the first hour of past Davis Cup events.