The event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise. The evening will include an appearance by members of the U.S. Davis Cup Team and will feature games and other tennis activities for kids and teens of all abilities.
Events are free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CCDC is offering free parking at all six of its garages between 5 to 10:00 p.m. (Visit www.ccdcboise.com/ParkingDowntown/GarageInformation for garage locations.)
“Boise is thrilled to host Davis Cup tennis in Boise,” Mayor David Bieter said, “and to express our thanks we are hosting a community event to raise the excitement level about Davis Cup, to show the team our hospitality, and to get more young people involved in tennis and the healthy benefits it brings.”
Interested youth players will be invited to “take to the courts” with local pros and Boise State Bronco players as the Idaho Tennis Association and Boise State University men’s and women’s tennis teams lead kids’ tennis activities by age groups on reduced-size tennis courts. BSU head coaches Greg Patton and Beck Roghaar will be on hand to encourage everyone on the courts as they engage in interactive play featuring fun, fast-paced skill drills for kids of all abilities.
“This is a unique opportunity for kids to be introduced to the life-long sport of tennis with smaller courts and lower-bouncing balls, and with players they can look up to from the Boise State teams,” said Steve Bickham, Executive Director, Idaho Tennis Association. “It’s fun and offers kids of all abilities an opportunity to play with the big kids.”
Advance registration for the free kids’ activities is encouraged. Kids ages 5 to 13 can register online at www.idtennis.com. The first 300 registrants will receive a special gift from Let’s Move Boise! upon arrival at CenturyLink Arena on April 2, and Davis Cup posters will be distributed to the first 500 fans through the doors. Day-of registration will take place from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. at CenturyLink Arena (limited space available). Additional registration information is available at 322-5150 x207.
ABOUT THE DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS QUARTERFINALS
The 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal match between the United States and Serbia will be held in Boise April 5-7. The matches will be played at Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University, with an expected capacity of approximately 11,700.
The best-of-five match series begins Friday, April 5, with two singles matches, featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match, and the final day of play on Sunday includes two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players going head-to-head. All matches are best-of-five sets until one country wins three matches.
The U.S. is 110-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home. Idaho is the 34th state to host a U.S. Davis Cup tie. This match will mark just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition. The winner of the United States and Serbia tie will play in the semifinals, September 13-15.
Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the U.S. vs. Serbia Davis Cup match.
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 130 nations competing this year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 213-66 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.
Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
ABOUT THE USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level –- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.
For more USTA information, contact: Tim Curry, Director, Corporate Communications, USTA, (914) 696-7077, Curry@usta.com