BOISE Several hundred lucky fans spent Wednesday afternoon watching some of the best tennis players in the world practice.

It's incredible to see, said Derek Fisher with the United States Tennis Association. These guys are truly something.

Matches for the Davis Cup don't start until Friday, but the public continues to get a taste of this international event.

We took a look at how Boise is doing by playing host city, and how it compares to other cities in years past.

For the open practice session, 600 fans were allowed to come at watch the Americans and Serbians. It was another chance for Idahoans to show our excitement for this event.

It's going great. Everyone in Boise has been very welcoming, they're super friendly and it's been really easy on us, said Fisher.

Tuesday night, 300 kids had the chance to hone their tennis skills before they get to watch the world's best players compete this weekend.

[Tuesday] night went phenomenal. It was so great to see all those kids out there with tennis rackets in their hands and our team was super thrilled to be out there with the young kids, said Fisher.

But it's not just the friendly people and enthusiastic kids that sets Boise apart from other places. Ticket sales are doing pretty good as well.

So far, 8,500 tickets have been sold, with a few thousand left to fill the roughly 11,000-seat Taco Bell Arena.

Fisher says that's about average if you compare Boise to other U.S. cities that have hosted the Davis Cup.

So while the matches haven't even begun yet, the impression being made is one that will be remembered.

I can already tell you this is one of those markets, so from on down from our players to our staff that has come out here, again the city has welcomed us like hardly any others that we've been to and it's been great to see, said Fisher.

While Davis Cup officials like our hospitality, they want us to be loud, rowdy and patriotic for the matches. So bring your cow bells and fog horns and get ready to make some noise.

There aren't any events open to the public on Thursday. Officials will determine the order of the matches in a closed ceremony. Matches begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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