BOISE -- When the historic Davis Cup comes to Boise on April 5, thousands of tennis fans are expected to attend what's regarded as the most prestigious event in the sport.
The three day event will feature American players matched up against those from Serbia in the BNP Paribas Quarterfinal.
It will also feature one of the biggest trophies in all of professional sports.
The trophy, named in honor of Dwight Davis who founded the the event in 1900, weighs a staggering 231 pounds, and is nearly four-feet tall.
It was originally a single sterling silver punchbowl, but has been modified over the last century to include three "plinths" that accommodate engraved plaques with the names of players on the teams that have won the trophy.
The trophy will first go on display during the Davis Cup Team Welcome and Family Event on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the CenturyLink Arena.
“The Davis Cup is one of the most famous and recognized trophies in sports,” said Jeff Ryan, USTA Senior Director of USA Team Events. “Being that Idaho and Boise are first time hosts of Davis Cup tennis and that the USTA’s mission is to help promote and develop the growth of tennis, we thought it made sense to arrange for arguably one of the most famous trophies to be in Boise."
The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles, lasting holding the Davis Cup in 2007 when the U.S. defeated Russia. Serbia won their only Davis Cup title in 2010, defeating France.
Tickets remain available for next week’s matches and are sold as individual sessions from as low as $35 and up to $175. Three-day ticket packages remain available starting at $90 for the three days.
Tickets can be purchased at www.idahotickets.com, in-person at the Taco Bell Arena Box Office from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT, Monday-Friday, or by phone at 1-888-484-8782