Australian great Lleyton Hewitt with Canberra teen Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Getty Images
Wally Masur hopes Nick Kyrgios spent the weekend picking the brains of Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt about what it takes to be a top 10 player because that's where he thinks the young Canberran is heading.
Kyrgios made his Davis Cup debut in Australia's 4-1 win over Poland, which returned Australia to the world group for 2014 after a six-year absence.
The 18-year-old partnered Chris Guccione in the doubles loss before playing the dead singles rubber against Michal Przysiezny, who withdrew due to injury when the former Daramalan student was leading 4-1.
As part of the team, Kyrgios worked daily with Rafter and Hewitt, both former world No. 1s, and Masur hoped he had absorbed as much as he could.
It has been a big year for Kyrgios who became the No. 1 junior in the world, won the Australian Open boys singles title, beat Radek Stepanek in his grand slam debut in the men's singles at the French Open and has now played for Australia in the Davis Cup.
''I look at Nick and you think, well, top 10, why not? Let's go,'' Masur said. ''If I was [Kyrgios] … I would talk to the likes of Pat Cash, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and just pick their brains.
''What's it going to take to get where I need to get to?
''And whatever feedback he gets really think about it and act on it.
''They must know something those guys, they won grand slam tournaments and they were great players.''
He said Kyrgios ''has a big game, which is hugely important in the modern era''.
The former world No. 8 also felt that big game would play a big role in re-establishing Australia as a Davis Cup force.
Despite winning it 28 times, the last time in 2003, Australia has not been part of the world group since 2007 when Belgium knocked it out.
But Masur said Kyrgios, along with the controversial Bernard Tomic and youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis, would have a ''huge'' role in re-establishing Australia at the top.
Tomic won both his singles against Poland to guide the Aussies into Davis Cup contention in 2014, while Kokkinakis teamed with Kyrgios to win the boys doubles title at Wimbledon in July.
''He can't do it on his own, but we've got Bernie there and he's quality, and I'd love for someone like Thanasi to push through and I see him a bit like Nick - they've both got big games and it's just about getting the physicality to play the way they want to play day in, day out,'' Masur said.
''It's going to be Nick and a group of guys that are the next generation.''
While Masur said it was disappointing Kyrgios did not get to complete his singles rubber against Przysiezny, he could still take a lot out of the training block and experience.
''He takes a lot out of that and you'll see the benefit of that coming forward,'' he said.