Kyrgios involved in more controversy after umpire intervention
04 September, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Virgil Todd
Kyrgios was trailing Herbert 4-6, 0-3 when Lahyani came down from his chair to talk to him. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, "I want to help you".
Kyrgios went on to win the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0, which caused Herbert to heavily criticise the umpire's actions.
The enigmatic Australian had earlier looked poised to produce another lacklustre effort as he remained cemented to the baseline, barely flinching as Herbert served for a 3-0 lead. Many argued whether Lahyani was allowed to do something like that.
While the contest turned in Kyrgios's favour after the chat the 30th seed said the talk had nothing to do with the outcome. It was not just about, 'How are you feeling?' 'Oh, I'm not feeling so well.' Go back up to the chair.
The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a second-round match will continue to officiate during the U.S. Open. "I'm not sure if that was encouragement", said the Australian who nevertheless won 19 of the last 25 games following Lahyani's unprecedented intervention.
At 2-5 down, Kyrgios spent the changeover slumped in his chair with his arms behind his head, biting on a towel and fidgeting with his eyebrows as the second round clash appeared to be slipping away from him.
"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". He said he liked me - I don't know if that's encouragement.
"It's different", Federer said of playing the unpredictable Paire, who was at times brilliant but still managed 47 unforced errors and 11 double faults in the two-hour affair. "I wasn't really listening to him". He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves.
The Frenchman said: "On court I tried to focus on myself".
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. I don't know, just f****** check my wrist or something? It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter.
Kyrgios' opponent was also asked about events on Court 17 and Herbert admitted that the Aussie was a changed man after the conversation while insisting he should have been able to close out the set himself. "He also informed Kyrgios that his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, he would need to take action". But you don't go and speak like that. Go back up to the chair.' He was there for too long.
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