Nick Kyrgios in his Davis Cup debut. Photo: Getty Images
It's the match Canberra has been waiting for, a match between a favourite son and an emerging star. The Master versus the Apprentice. Wally Masur v Nick Kyrgios.
A showdown in the Asia-Pacific Tennis League had ACT tennis fans salivating.
But alas, it's not going to happen.
Australian legend Wally Masur at the 1987 Australian Open.
Former world No. 8 Masur had put his name down to play for the Stanmore Wyverns, who play Canberra Velocity at North Woden on November 16, setting up the chance he'd face Kyrgios in an all-Canberra match-up.
But an injured shoulder has ruled Masur out of even the shortened format of the ATL.
Instead, 18-year-old Kyrgios could face Sandon Stolle - the 1998 US Open doubles champion.
Several former professionals have put their names down to help increase the profile of the ATL, which has been designed to give Australia's emerging talent something to play in during the typically quiet November.
Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter will play in the Queensland section.
The Velocity women, who finished sixth last summer, will face stiff opposition, with Casey Dellacqua playing for the Wyverns women.
''I had grand plans to maybe play a little bit, but I found out very quickly my shoulder's not up to it,'' Masur said. ''I'm 50, I think it's a hangover from being 50.''
Ranked 180 in the world, Kyrgios has been struggling with an elbow injury recently, but hopes to be fit to make his Australian Open debut this summer.
He beat Radek Stepanek in his first French Open outing mid-year and also qualified for the US Open.
The former Daramalan student then made his Davis Cup debut, helping Australia back into the main group after six years in the wilderness.
Masur said there's only one way to avoid an outbreak of second-year syndrome: hard work.
He pointed to world No.1 Rafael Nadal as the perfect example.
''If you look at 'Rafa' and these guys and how good they are, they just keep adding another brick to the wall, they just keep working hard to get better, and Nick's no different,'' he said.
''Nick's had a great year and learnt a lot, and to consolidate it's just another year of hard work.''
The Velocity men will be Kyrgios, Jake Eames, James Frawley, Alun Jones and Todd Larkham, while the women are Alison Bai, Nicole Hoynaski, Tyra Calderwood, Ashley Keir and Annabel Parolo.
ASIA-PACIFIC TENNIS LEAGUE
Draw for Canberra teams
Men: Canberra Velocity v Sydney Uni Lions at Newington College, Friday November 8, 4pm; Canberra Velocity v Stanmore Wyverns at North Woden, Saturday November 16, 2pm; Canberra Velocity v Macquarie Uni Warriors at North Woden, Sunday November 17, 2pm; Next Gen Rebels v Canberra Velocity at Talus St, Sydney, Saturday November 23, 5pm.
Women: Canberra Velocity v Stanmore Wyverns at Sydney University, Wednesday November 6, 11.30am; Canberra Velocity v City Lizards at North Woden, Saturday November 16, 2pm; Canberra Velocity v Sydney Uni Lions at North Woden, Sunday November 17, 2pm; NSTA Angels v Canberra Velocity at Talus St, Sydney, Saturday November 23, 5pm.