This week in tennis, and other stuff

To get fans ready for the BNP Paribas Open, there will are several events going on this week locally to get your fix.

First of all, Raymond Moore, the CEO of the BNP Paribas Open will be at www.mydesert.com at 4 p.m., Thursday to talk all things tennis. So if you have any questions about the tournament or the tours, email your questions at sports@thedesertsun.com and we’ll answer it for you.

For those of you looking to watch matches, the Childhelp Desert Tennis Classic is at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage. The tournament is a $25,000 USTA women’s pro circuit event, so you’ll see some promising players and veterans who are trying to get back on track.

On Monday, to help benefit the Childhelp, former American star Andy Roddick will host a Fireside Chat at Bighorn. It’s an intimate affair and a great fundraiser for the Merv Griffin Childhelp Village in Beaumont.

Now looking internationally, I saw that Boise, Idaho will host the U.S. team’s quarterfinal match. It’s a nice story to have Boise host a big international event. Well, that was until I found out that the U.S. is playing Serbia, which will likely feature No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Wait a second, the U.S. taking on Djokovic and a very strong Serbian team? It’s a great get for Boise, but I’m scratching my head as to why the USTA would not put that match in a bigger market to help maximize exposure. This is a tie that could draw a good crowd in a big market. It just seems like a missed opportunity for the U.S. Then again, maybe Boise will surprise me.