The energy surrounding the Davis Cup's arrival in Boise is picking up in the days preceding the tournament, and tennis fans are feeling the fever: The Cup's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Boiseans to see the world's best playing in their own back yard.
The problem is tickets are pricey—$90 to $500 for three-day packages—which makes access a problem, but even if you didn't get a chance to score tickets, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in the tennis madness this weekend.
For the ticketless, there's a chance to watch the competing players practice in the Taco Bell Arena Wednesday, April 3. U.S. team members, including world doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, and former world No. 1 player Jim Courier, will warm up from 4-5 p.m. The Serbian team will practice from 5-5:45 p.m., giving the public a chance to see the current top-ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic. The event is free but limited to the first 600 fans, so get there early for awesome seats and the chance to watch warm-ups.
Another way to get involved is the Family Tennis Carnival at Julia Davis Park on Saturday, April 6, presented by the Idaho Tennis Association. The carnival gives fans of all ages an opportunity to join in the energy of tennis and celebrate the competition. Games, drills and other tennis activities will run from 10 a.m. to noon and precede the Davis Cup doubles matches that start at 12:30 p.m. It's free, and all are welcome to sign up and attend. Equipment will be provided at the park (although you can bring your own racquet), and reserve your spot on the list at eventbrite.com.