BOISE -- With just days before match play begins between world-class tennis players in Boise for the Davis Cup, people are getting excited in the tennis community. A family event Tuesday night welcomed Team USA to Idaho, and wished them well against Serbia.
Team USA certainly has some heavy hitters; including the number one in the world Bryan Brothers doubles team as well as Sam Querrey and John Isner.
Several kids got the once in lifetime chance to play with the pros and Bronco tennis players in a round robin set up. While it was a very special experience, just how special it was might not sink in for a while for some of the 8 to 10 year olds.
KTVB asked 8-year-old Miranda and 10-year-old Logan if they knew anyone on the Team USA team, "So you guys are about to play with professional tennis players, do you know who they are?" "No." "Have you heard of them?" "No. Mm mnn.” “You’ve never heard of these guys before? "No."
But for Miranda and Logan, not knowing was probably the best way to go in with the confidence for a win.
When Miranda was asked, "Do you think that you might be able to beat them?" Her reply was just a simple, "Yes."
Logan told KTVB she has beaten boys on the tennis court before, but when we asked, "So do you think you can eat these boys?" She just said, "Maybe."
And Miranda and Logan held their own on the court. and with the other kids, impressed the pros.
"It was a lot of fun. Surprised. These kids are really good. Impressed with Boise's talent. This was a good day, getting people fired up for the match. Hopefully we have some of these guys out here to support us and carry us through,” Bob Bryan, Team USA, said.
"It was a lot of fun. It was a great participation out here. I know we enjoyed it, and I hope they did as well," Isner, Team USA, said.
Fans got another treat during the evening, a Bryan brothers versus Querrey and Isner faceoff on a short court, with foam tennis balls. In the end, it was a Bryan brothers win, but with a crowd supporting all of Team USA going into matches this weekend.
The goal of the entire event was to promote tennis and fitness to kids, and the Boise State University men and women's tennis teams were a big part of the event teaching a clinic for hundreds of kids, some of which had never been on a court before.
There is still another chance to see Team USA and Team Serbia before the matches begin on Friday. On Wednesday afternoon at 3:45, the doors at Taco Bell Arena will open to the first 600 fans who will get to see both teams practice for free.