A rare event in Boise: No. 1 is coming to town for Davis Cup


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 player in the world, is expected to play in Boise in April against the U.S. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

It isn’t often that a No. 1-ranked athlete in the world comes to Boise.

For instance, the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede aren’t going to play against the world’s best player. No, LeBron James isn’t coming to Boise. The top hockey player isn’t going to suit up (for or) against the Idaho Stampede. Though some top draft picks do come through Boise in baseball, the very best players in the game aren’t toiling in the Northwest League.

To be fair: Some of the top cowboys in the world do come through town, competing in the Snake River Stampede or the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

But I still think this is a bit different: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 player in the world and fresh off winning the Australian Open, is expected to be in Boise in April when the city hosts a Davis Cup quarterfinal between Serbia and the U.S. (Idaho Statesman: Boise to host Davis Cup)

Djokovic is likely to play two singles matches during the event.


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Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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