Monday, February 4, 2013

Patton: Davis Cup in Boise Will Be Like 'Woodstock'

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Novak Djokovic will be playing for Serbia when the Davis Cup quarterfinals are played in Boise April 5-7
  • Novak Djokovic will be playing for Serbia when the Davis Cup quarterfinals are played in Boise April 5-7.

When Boise Weekly sat down to talk with Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton, we had to ask him about the real possibility of the Davis Cup coming to Idaho.

"It would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Patton, who couldn't sit still just thinking about what he called "a dream."

And indeed, Patton's dream will come true in early April, when the No. 1 professional men's tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, comes to Boise to play for Serbia against the U.S. team.

"I know that the players really want to come here," Patton told BW. "And Djokovic is unbelievable, the most charismatic tennis player in world."

Patton described the tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, as "Woodstock."

"Amazing," he said. "It's like the Rolling Stones playing on one day, then Led Zeppelin on the second day and then on the third day, it would be the Beach Boys and the Beatles playing together."

The matches will be held at Taco Bell Arena, and Boise State's Boa Tennis Center is expected to be the centerpiece of practices and warm-ups, which will take place for five days leading up to the competition.

"I'm on pins and needles," said Patton.

You can read our full conversation with Patton coming up in this week's BW.

Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton: I know the players really want to come here.
  • Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton: "I know the players really want to come here."

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