'I want to help you': Umpire's freaky chat to Kyrgios

04 September, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Alyssa Little
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The match created a huge storm after respected umpire Mohamed Lahyani lost patience with the under-performing 30th seed and climbed down from his chair to tell the Australian, trailing by a set and 3-0, to try harder.

Herbert was preparing to talk to Lahyani and expressed a wish for him to face a fine or similar, but that seemed unlikely to happen after tournament referee Brian Earley released a statement essentially supporting the umpire, citing the noise in the stadium for him getting off his chair to talk to Kyrgios.

"I want to help you, I want to help you", Lahyani was overheard telling Kyrgios. "He just said that it's not a good look", he explained.

"He doesn't make that many mistakes, I think he's a really good umpire, but today, I think he went over what he should have done", Herbert told reporters. "I really like him as a human. I know this is not you".

Showing questionable effort in a match he'd eventually turn around and win in four sets after a freakish pep talk from the chair umpire, Kyrgios was reportedly targeted by a heckler who wanted him to "just leave" because female star Eugenie Bouchard was next up on court 17.

"I am racking my brain to think of a situation requiring a chair umpire to speak like that to one player", Ings tweeted. I just saw that Mohamed went down at the chair.

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.

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Kyrgios maintains there was no "coaching" involved, while the USTA has since cleared Lahyani of any major wrongdoing, saying the Swede went "beyond protocol" but will continue to umpire at the tournament. We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick overpassing (overstepping) his functions.

"She played the game I should have played", said two-time runner-up Wozniacki who has endured a Grand Slam letdown since winning in Australia.

Australian Open champion Wozniacki went down 6-4, 6-2 to world number 36 Tsurenko who claimed a second top 10 win this month having also defeated Garbine Muguruza in Cincinnati.

"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.

Not just Murray, Kyrgios' match opponent Herbert too didn't take it lightly. "I got pissed off", said 2011 and 2015 champion Djokovic. He was there for too long. "He also informed Kyrgios that his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, he would need to take action".

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.

"That's why it won't happen again and everybody knows that. But his behavior and motivation on court changed from this moment and then he dominated the match", Herbert said in a statement.

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