There are so many great things about the Davis Cup, and this past weekend’s tie in Boise certainly did not disappoint. Exploring new places with new people, eating amazing food, and watching world class tennis are just a few of the highlights, but you can’t break down such an event so generically.
From the moment we arrived in Boise, we were showered with locals’ smiles and hospitality. We were greeted by one of the most interesting, cleanest cities that we have ever been to, and we were presented with one of the more intriguing David Cup match-ups in recent memory. The Serbian team would typically boast one of the strongest lineups in the world, but without Tipsarevic, they’re far from invincible. The Americans, while brimming with talent, decided to showcase their tall, underachieving bombers at singles and the greatest doubles tandem in history fresh off a loss in Jacksonville.
Assuming Djoker would win his two matches, if Isner moved his feet a little bit and managed to win a few tiebreakers, and Querrey kept reaching to fill the potential he’s been showing of late, I figured we would still have a shot! I mean, the Bryans certainly couldn’t lose, right? Of course not. Wait, what? They did? Nobody saw that one coming. They were flummoxed in five incredible sets by Nenad Zimonic (one of the greats) and an absolute no-name, Ilija Bozoljac, who served with the confidence, pace, and variation of Pete Sampras.
Gotta hand it to the Serbs on that one, it was one of the best doubles matches I have ever seen. At that point, the Americans’ confidence ran out and the already pathetic support from the American bench became downright uninterested. It was embarrassing, really. It was no surprise that Djokovic then clinched the tie in downright convincing fashion on a bum ankle, no less.
Luckily, here at Grand Slam Tennis Tours, we don’t attend these event just for the tennis, but for the tennis travel experience. Where the Americans’ tennis fell short, the experience for us and all of our clients exceeded expectations. From our beautiful hotel located in the middle of downtown, to our tremendous dinner at Chandler’s Steakhouse, and a private party and raffle after Saturday’s tennis during the Final Four, Boise helped us play host to a very special weekend.
Typically, our clients are big tennis fans, some fanatical, and some completely obsessed with the game. On this trip, however, one of our most excited clients hardly knew anything about tennis before she got to Boise, and left an avid fan. Hearing her version of the weekend is much more compelling than the ramblings of someone surrounded by the game for twenty years, so with that, meet Kris Carpenter!
“I mostly wanted to come to the Davis Cup because I love catching bits of TV with the tennis stars when they make the crazy “HuuuuH!!” sounds when they hit the ball. Just wanted to hear it myself for real. I’m not a tennis player, didn’t know much about tennis, and didn’t even really know what the Davis Cup was – besides a tennis tournament between really good players who play on teams for their countries. My 87 year old mother-in-law, Janet (Granny) Carpenter is a tennis fanatic! Granny started talking about the Davis Cup being in Boise a couple of months ago. How she’d love to go. How amazing it was that it would be in Boise. How some of the best players in the world would be playing. Then she said this really great company was doing a trip there. (She’s done other Grand Slam Tennis Tour trips before.) She said they always get the best seats, stay in really nice hotels, that you meet really interesting people from all over the country, and that they really take good care of you. Oh and that the tennis is unbelievable because you are up close and in the action. So, since no one else was offering to go with her, I said, “Hey, I’ll go with you.” Done deal.
She was right. Grand Slam Tennis Tours was quite a big deal. They chose a great hotel in a nice location. Nice because it was close to many local sights, restaurants and shopping when we weren’t at the matches. The first night they hosted a really nice dinner for all the tour guests to give us a chance to meet some of our new tennis mates. The shuttles to and from the matches were provided. And the seats were the best! Front & center. Being that close, I was in awe of the amazing physical shape the players are in. (Still can’t believe Novak Djokovic played and won after twisting his ankle like that.)
So, I can now keep score, pronounce a few Serbian names, and know why it’s so addicting. Unbelievable! After the nerve wracking doubles match, GSTT took us to a Pub to watch the Final 4 Basketball and treated us to drinks and food (again). They gave away a ton of prizes to their guests that night. I am so lucky! I won the GRAND PRIZE!!! A trip for 2 to the next home USA Davis Cup tie!
So, don’t be thinking that my mother-in-law didn’t immediately let me know why I was there! Now we both have something really special to look forward to!”
All in all, the Davis Cup in Boise was an excellent event. We saw incredible tennis, made new friends, and got to know a beautiful new city. A big thanks from the GSTT team to all the clients who traveled with us, and we hope to meet more of you on our tours in the future!