NY Times: How Djokovic Came to Play in Boise

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Novak Djokovic (right) shares a joke with his Serbia Davis Cup Captain Bogdan Obradovic (left).
  • George Prentice
  • Novak Djokovic (right) shares a joke with his Serbia Davis Cup Captain Bogdan Obradovic (left).

A large contingent of the nation's sports media has descended on Boise for the Davis Cup Quarterfinals which get underway Friday, April 5 at Boise State University's Taco Bell Arena.

This morning's New York Times reports that Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 men's player in the world who leads the Serbian team against the United States, has come to Boise, a municipality the Times' Christopher Clarey calls "a pleasant city of about 210,000 that most foreigners and even a few Americans would struggle to place on a map."

"But Boise is no tennis wasteland. It has more than 80 public outdoor courts and particularly active recreational adult leagues. It was also once home to the Idaho Sneakers, a World Team Tennis franchise whose lineup once included the American doubles stars Bob and Mike Bryan."

U.S.A. Captain Jim Courier reminded reporters that "it's not every day that people get to see the world's No. 1 player in America [Djokovic]."

"Even rarer is getting to see him in Boise," wrote Clarey.