US Open to AP: Umpire at Kyrgios match will keep working

Nick Kyrgios

But a statement from the US Open read: "After a comprehensive review conducted by US Open officials, including US Open tournament director David Brewer, tournament referee Brian Earley and others, the US Open determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's conduct during Thursday's second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol".

Australian Nick Kyrgios had lost 3-0 to, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second set of their match at Flushing Meadows, but battled back to defeat the Frenchman after the Umpire 's freakish intervention. Kyrgios himself defended Lahyani after the match as he said: "He was just concerned about how I was playing".

The pep talk had quite the effect with the world No. 30 going on to claim the set and win the match against Herbert 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-0. The Australian was not giving forth his best effort and looked to be struggling physically. Many argued whether Lahyani was allowed to do something like that.

Kyrgios shrugged off the entire episode as nothing new but the sight of an umpire offering unsolicited advice was uncomfortable enough that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) made a decision to investigate the incident.

Kyrgios looked disinterested during the freakish mid-match pep talk from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

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

Yawning one second, Kyrgios delivered a return victor the next to break Herbert to get back on serve at 4-5 in the second set before offering a subdued fist pump towards his box. "He just said that it's not a good look", he explained.

"Knowing Mohamed, I really don't think that he meant to do it for any other reason but to really try to help Nick to understand that if he continues doing that he might get fined or a warning". "I know that. You are great for tennis", Lahyani can be heard saying.

But when the trainer arrived and asked what Kyrgios needed treatment for, the Australian said: "I don't know, check my wrist or something". He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves.

While Lahyani found some support in tennis legend John McEnroe, the vast majority of reaction to an extraordinary moment when the experienced umpire got down from his chair to urge a struggling Kyrgios to start trying was scathing. But you don't go and speak like that. I don t care what he said.

"I think every major has its pros and cons, I guess", he said.

"I thought I played very well for the first two and a half sets and then I just lost it mentally". While people called for Lahyani to be yanked immediately from the match, the statement refused to address whether the umpire was in the wrong or what would happen next to address the matter.

"If he makes a mistake, I think he should be also punished".

Kyrgios went on to see the trainer a couple of games later and was still trailing 5-2 before eventually breaking back to overturn the deficit and then run away with the contest in the third and fourth sets. That's why it won't happen again.

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