Friday, March 29, 2013

Davis Cup tickets still on sale for April 5-7 event

Tickets on sale next week


Tickets remain on sale for the Davis Cup by BNP quarterfinal competition scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 5-7 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

The U.S. Davis Cup team will host Serbia in the tournament quarterfinals in the 11,700-seat arena on the campus of Boise State University.

Expected to play for Serbia is the world’s best men’s professional tennis player, Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Only three-day, non-refundable ticket packages are being sold. They start at $500 plus service fees for the seats closest to the court, and range down to $375, $270, $140 and $90.

Customers are limited to no more than 12 three-day ticket packages per household. Children two years and older must have a ticket. There are no senior citizen, student, group or military discounts. Tickets are available at idahotickets.com or by calling 888-484-8782.

The tentative tournament schedule in the best-of-five series has been announced by Davis Cup organizers.

( Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m. (order of matches determined by draw): Singles matches—Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Viktor Troicki (Serbia) and John Isner (USA) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia).

( Saturday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m.: Doubles match—Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan (USA) vs. Nenad Zimonjic-Viktor Troicki (Serbia).

( Sunday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m.: Reverse singles matches—Sam Querry (US) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) followed by John Isner (US) vs. Viktor Troicki (Serbia).

Two more items of interest:

The USTA announced that the U.S.-Serbia Davis Cup tie will be shown live on Tennis Channel all three days;

And the organizing committee said it is seeking event volunteers in a variety of positions. You must complete the online volunteer application at usta.com/daviscup.

To be eligible for consideration as a volunteer, you must be available to work a minimum of four shifts between Sunday, March 31 and Monday, April 8. Each shift is about four to six hours long but varies according to responsibility and the duration of matches.

For more details about the Davis Cup volunteer program contact Linda McGrath 208-559-4151 or Lmcgrath3@gmail.com .

The Americans earned their quarterfinal meeting with Serbia by virtue of a dramatic 3-2 first-round victory over Brazil Feb. 2 at Jacksonville, Fla. that was capped by a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) men’s singles victory by 20th-ranked Sam Querrey over Thiago Alves.

Contributing to the U.S. win over Brazil that finalized April’s Boise match-up was the world’s No. 1 men’s doubles team of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the reigning Australian Open champions, as well as singles player John Isner.

This will be just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition.

Led by Djokovic, Serbia won the only previous meeting 3-2 in the 2010 World Group first round at Belgrade. Djokovic defeated both Isner and Querrey in that competition. Serbia went on to win the 2010 Davis Cup over France.

Djokovic, 25, a 6-2, tenth-year professional, has won over $48 million during a career that includes a 477-123 singles record, 35 singles titles and four Australian Open singles championships. He was the 2011 Wimbledon and U.S. Open king, and had a string of 43 straight victories from the 2010 Davis Cup final through the 2011 French Open.

Serbia is one of only three countries to have a winning record against the U.S. in the annual Davis Cup contest.

Format of the event:

Each team consists of two singles players and one doubles team. Planned for Boise are two singles matches April 5, a doubles match April 6 and two singles matches April 7. Each match is worth a point. A team needs three points to advance.

The other three match-ups for the April 5-7 quarterfinals are France vs. Argentina, Canada vs. Italy and Czech Republic vs. Kazakhstan. This year’s semi-finals are set for Sept. 13-15, and the finals Nov. 15-17. Last year, the Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 for the title.

Serbia won its first-round clash 3-2 over Belgium Feb. 3, Djokovic giving Serbia a 2-0 lead with a straight-set singles victory.

 




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