Davis Cup champion tennis players expected to draw thousands

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by Jamie Grey

NWCN.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:20 PM

BOISE -- The world's number one players in men's tennis is slated to come to Boise in April, bringing thousands of tennis fans from around the region and some from around the world. City leaders say that's going to have a huge impact on the local economy.

The Taco Bell Arena will hold approximately 11,700 fans with the tennis set-up, and the tennis community expects that to fill up with international spectators as the United States takes on Serbia.

"[We're] looking forward to having the event here and doing whatever it takes to make it a great experience," John Brunelle, Boise Director of Economic Development, said.

The City of Boise expects thousands to come to this event and spend a lot of money.

"There should be a lot of heads in beds, and that leads to spending at all of the restaurants and local retail outlets," Brunelle said.
    
Once an official announcement is made next week about the Davis Cup, experts hope to better predict just how many people and how much money will come in.

Boise State University Tennis Coach Greg Patton says this event is sure to draw thousands of people. At a past Davis Cup, Patton says he met people who'd traveled from all over the world to watch.

"This is going to be a destination," Patton said.
   
In case the enormity of this event is lost on anyone, Patton notes both the U.S. and Serbian teams have number ones.
   
Serbian Novak Djokovic is on the line-up. He just won the Australian Open for the third consecutive time, is fourth overall and the number one singles player in the world. The American Bryan twin brothers, who played an exhibition in Boise in '05, are also set to come. They too won in Australia, are Olympic Gold Medalists and rank number one in doubles.

"They've got mojo, they've got magic, they've got charisma. They make the game fun. So, what better place to have it than Boise, Idaho?" Patton said.
   
In addition to what the Davis Cup should bring in April, the city also says putting something like this on a city's resume makes it easier to entice other big-money events later.

"I think event organizers look at your list of events you've hosted in the past, and they know you have the infrastructure, you have the people, you have the talent and the energy to host an event, and it's not your first time," Brunelle said.


 

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