Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur says Nick Kyrgios should make a play for Roger Rasheed following the tough task master’s split with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov.
Kyrgios, who sacked Todd Larkham on the eve of Wimbledon after parting ways with Simon Rea after last year’s championships, said before leaving London that his immediate focus wasn’t on finding a replacement.
But Masur would like to see the 20-year-old make a move for Rasheed, a well-respected mentor who also worked with Lleyton Hewitt, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils before spending 20 months with Dimitrov, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year.
Masur admitted he was biased towards Australian coaches and, ideally, a Tony Roche or Darren Cahill would be among his top preferences.
But with Roche, who has guided grand slam champions Ivan Lendl, Pat Rafter and Hewitt in the past and is also assisting Bernard Tomic, only able to spend around 15 weeks on the road these days, he’s probably not the best fit for Kyrgios.
Cahill helped Hewitt become the men’s youngest world No.1 and then Andre Agassi to become its oldest, but is heavily committed to ESPN commentary and also the Adidas coaching and development team.
“Nick is probably at that stage where when he makes that decision he will probably look to someone who is that little bit more all-encompassing,” Masur said.
“I’m a bit of a fan of Roger Rasheed. I really think Roger is good. He’s got an interesting personality.
“I think he takes players along for the ride. He works them pretty hard; he’s pretty uncompromising.”
Rafter, Australia’s director of player performance, agrees that Kyrgios needs a strong disciplinarian, but most importantly someone the two-time grand slam quarter-finalist can trust.
“The only one who can coach him is a person he wants to listen to,” Rafter said before Kyrgios’s fourth-round exit from Wimbledon.
“And he has to want to take that on and I don’t know who that is.
“He’ll know but he’s got to be ready to listen to that person, whoever that is.
“That’ll be a decision Nick will have to come up with in his time.
“It’s not my call.”
Kyrgios has arrived home in Canberra following his turbulent Wimbledon campaign and plans to spend time with his family, including his ailing grandfather, before heading to Darwin for Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan from July 17-19.
“It feels so good to be back in Australia!!!.” he tweeted.
Australia is chasing a berth in the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006.