Kyrgios waits on Cup call-up
Canberra's Nick Kyrgios is hoping for a Davis Cup call-up. Photo: Supplied
His sights might be set on winning his Sydney Tennis International semi-final, but Nick Kyrgios' ears are pricked listening for the phone.
The rising Canberra star was hoping for a call from Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter ''in the next couple of days''.
There's a chance he'll be an orange boy for Australia's clash with Uzbekistan in April.
It would be his second training stint with the Davis Cup team, after fulfilling the same role last year.
In the meantime, he has a semi-final date with Stephane Robert, from France, at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday.
''I've been in contact with Pat Rafter about that, I don't know a lot about it, but hopefully I know a bit more about that soon,'' Kyrgios said on Friday. ''He said in the next couple of days, so possibly after this phone call.''
Starting out as a wildcard, Kyrgios has lost only one set on his way to the semis.
His roommate Alex Bolt has played Robert before, giving the former Daramalan student some insight into his opponent.
Robert is currently ranked 192 in the world, but three years ago was as high as 61.
''He obviously can play some pretty good tennis and I'm pretty confident because I've had a pretty good couple of weeks,'' Kyrgios said.
''I'm just going to go out there, do the things I can do right and we'll just see how it goes.''
Kyrgios is ranked No.559 - almost 300 better than when he won the Australian Open junior boys singles in January when he was 842.
Now he has his sights set on reaching the top 300 by the end of the year, as well as trying to win the junior grand slam.
Kyrgios already has the Australian Open under his belt and will play in the three other majors - Wimbledon, as well as the French and US opens.
''That was my goal, starting this Australian pro tour, to step my ranking up to about 400-500 by the end of that and obviously I've achieved that goal, but I've still got to keep building and keep improving,'' he said.
''I'd love to finish the year inside 300, so I've still got a fair way to go, so hopefully if I get the win tomorrow that will help enormously.''
After the Sydney Tennis International, a Challenger Tour event, he'll return to Canberra for a week before he returns to Melbourne for a training block.
Then he has a couple of Futures tournaments in China.