Proppy Kyrgios puts injury scare into Davis Cup camp
BIG RED ON THE RADAR
DAVIS Cup captain Wally Masur is nervous – and it’s not Nick Kyrgios’ sore thigh that has him on edge.
Kyrgios ( pictured right) sent a scare through camp at training yesterday when he was forced to the sidelines with a problem right thigh.
The 20- year- old looked proppy as he stretched the area for several minutes. He was able to return to training but cut short his session after to ice his leg.
Masur played down any fears Kyrgios would miss this week’s Davis Cup quarter- final against Kazakhstan, saying the world No. 41 will be fit to return to the courts today.
“He’s fine,” Masur said. “He played over three hours of tennis yesterday. He played a bit of basketball this morning.
“He’s got an opportunity to
shortly get on that match court morrow. No dramas there.”
With Bernard Tomic banned, Kyrgios has been slated to play a key role in Australia’s bid for a first semi- final appearance since 2006.
Masur has no doubt Kyrgios will be able to handle the responsibility. “I probably shouldn’t say it, but he’s a future grand slam winner,” he said. “He’s an amazing player.
to- But you don’t just walk into those situations. There’s a lot of hard work to be done.”
On paper, Kazakhstan’s team of journeyman shouldn’t pose much of a threat. Mikhail Kukushkin is No. 63 in the world, while Aleksandr Nedovyesov ( No. 115), and Andrey Golubev ( No. 155) are low in the tennis pecking order.
But Masur has put his charges on red
help lure more top- quality talent to Townsville.
“Players want to play next to Brian because they love the way he plays the game, he’s a man’s man and he takes every challenge,” he said.
“He doesn’t back down, and that’s the attitude we want to bring to the Crocs moving forward. We’re not going to back down to anybody.
“We’ve helped Brian and he has helped us and it says we are doing some things right on the floor when a player of his calibre wants to come back to town.”
Off- season reports have linked the Townsville club to a number of Australian and American talents, with Dennis travelling to New Zealand to watch American guard McKenzie Moore in the recent NZNBL finals.
alert against a country that has made the quarter- finals in four of the past five years.
“I’m actually nervous about this tie, because the Kazakhs are really good Davis Cup players,” Masur said.
Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and Lleyton Hewitt are in a three- way battle to join Kyrgios on day one.
Veteran Adelaide big man Luke Schenscher has also been linked with a return to the club that he helped lead to the semi- finals from 2010- 12, and while Dennis wouldn’t be drawn on names he did say the club expected to announce a frontcourt partner for Conklin sometime this week.
“In the next few days we are hoping to announce a guy that will go next to Brian and I think they will form a very formidable partnership,” he said.
“We are excited to look at our frontcourt and say it’s going to be difficult for guys to match up against.
“When you look at our frontcourt we just need to add a bit of experience to that and we are hopeful of getting that deal over the line and then we’ll have a great mix of youth and experience.”
TALL TARGET: Former
Adelaide 36er Luke Schenscher may return to The Swamp for the
2015/ 16 NBL season.