Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Outrage as umpire's controversial pep talk helps Nick Kyrgios to victory

Outrage as umpire's controversial pep talk helps Nick Kyrgios to victory

The US Open has formally weighed in on the actions of chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani during Thursday's match between Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Kyrgios said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement".

"This just shows you how bad it was, that this guy, Mohamed Lahyani, felt he had the need to get off the chair - this is how little of an effort Kyrgios was making", McEnroe told ESPN. "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire". "This isn't you and I know that", according to the BBC. I really like him as a human.(but) he did something he shouldn't have. "I don't think this is appropriate for an umpire to go down and say, "I want to help you". "I changed plans and said, 'Let's go early to America and prepare over here in the conditions that I'm actually going to see during the Open'".

"I don't know what he said". It was not just about how you're feeling, 'Oh, I am not feeling well'. He frittered away the first set and fell behind 0-3 in the second, which is when he received a visit from an unusual interloper.

Djokovic revealed he had not seen the incident prior to his second-round match against Tennys Sandgren but, while having some sympathy for Herbert, he suggested the umpire was just acting in the best interests of the sport.

Meanwhile, WTA player Donna Vekic saw the video of Lahyani talking to Kyrgios on Thursday, reposted it and said: "Didn't know umpires were allowed to give pep talks". "At the same time I will try to maintain the level of focus and performance and level of tennis that I've had today". I don't care what he said.

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While he wasn't aware at the time what Layhani was saying to Kyrgios, he slammed the umpire and the USTA for letting it happen in an extraordinary statement released after the match.

Kyrgios has since defended Lahyani's actions, claiming he didn't receive any coaching from the umpire at all.

Meanwhile, tournament referee Brian Earley offered to the Associated Press that Lahyani left the chair "to make sure he could communicate effectively" with Kyrgios, given the noise on Court 17 of Flushing Meadows.

His third-round showdown is against mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios.

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Djokovic - the 13-time major victor seeking a third US Open crown - looked comfortable in the third, earning a match point as he appeared set to sweep the American in three sets.

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"I think Nick today could be an fantastic player".

Many in the tennis world raised their eyebrows at the exchange and criticised the umpire for speaking to a player directly.

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair".

"I mean, like, I don't have a coach".

"It's better to be the underdog than have all the pressure", he said.

"It was a conversation, and coversations can change mentality". "I don't go out at all", said the 21-year-old who will next face compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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