The Davis Cup.
It is a prestigious event that dates back over 100 years. The opportunity to host it is a once in a lifetime deal.
The chances it would ever make its way to Boise, unlikely as ever.
But Boise State men’s tennis coach Greg Patton pulled off the impossible. Knowing the kind of support his community was capable of, the men, women and children of the City of Trees showed up in full support on Friday.
With an announced attendance of 8,115, the lively bunch banged drums, noise makers and chanted with enthusiasm all afternoon.
Their support was truly felt and appreciated by those on the court.
The top American singles player outlasted Troicki, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Afterwards, he explained how he fed off the emotion of the crowd to help finish off his comeback victory.
"You know, I’m a pretty mellow player generally, and the crowd was awesome today. Winning that fourth set, they’re on their feet and cheering.
Then that fifth set, every game on my serve, on Troicki’s serve, when it was 30-all or a deuce point, they were loud and vocal, and it helped a lot.”
Despite a difficult loss to Novak Djokovic in the opening match, Isner was highly appreciative of the crowd. While he explained playing in such altitude effected his game, it did not stop him from embellishing on an enjoyable experience.
"The crowd was great. This is a very good tennis town. I think Greg Patton does a great job in this community with his team and with tennis in general."
"I love it here in Boise. I thought the crowd was great."
The Team USA captain said the atmosphere inside Taco Bell Arena on Friday was truly authentic. Considering Courier was involved in 14 Davis Cup ties as a player, he definitely has a few experiences to compare it to.
"Boise turned out nicely for us. We’re really happy with the energy in the building. (The) atmosphere was Davis Cup (quality). Now you have a taste of it."
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)