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

Nick Kyrgios- Nick Kyrgios fanned the flames of controversy on social media afterwards

Nick Kyrgios fanned the flames of controversy on social media afterwards Credit AP

After the third game of the second set in the Kyrgios-Herbert match on Court 17, with Kyrgios down 0-3, Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani left his chair to check on the condition of Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios said he loves the interaction with fans, even when they're against him.

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, wipes his face during a match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in NY.

"He was just concerned about how I was playing - he was like: 'Nick are you OK?'" Kyrgios said.

"We have never played before best of five", Kyrgios said. "At the same time I will try to maintain the level of focus and performance and level of tennis that I've had today".

Herbert, however, was scathing of the US Open as he released a statement lambasting the umpiring decision that took place.

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"This was always the Grand Slam where I didn't play my best ever", Zverev said. "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire".

The United States Tennis Association, which organizes the US Open, was quick to produce a three-paragraph statement attributed to the tournament referee not long after Kyrgios' press conference which appeared to fully exonerate Lahyani.

"I umpired thousands of matches I was ATP head of officiating I can't think of one".

Australian Nick Kyrgios was trailing Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 3-0 at the time, with Kyrgios seemingly displaying a clear lack of effort.

Federer cruised through the second set without losing his serve and then snagged a 4-1 lead with two service breaks in the third set. "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that". It was not just about how you're feeling, 'Oh, I am not feeling well'.

"I'm not sure it was encouragement". I wasn't really listening to him (Lahyani).

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'I can't really talk in detail about what happened. "I loved it", he said.

The weird scene went viral on social media as Lahyani addressed the 30th seed for almost a minute and at one point was heard saying, "I'm trying to help you". I haven't had a coach for, like, years. "We're not supposed to have a coach on court", he said, suggesting that he could have won if the umpire didn't intervene.

Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover.

That statement was completely at odds with the opinion of the masses, with Swedish legend Mats Wilander breaking down why Lahyani had crossed the line. "I had the plan to go to Dubai first, where it's extremely hot".

"I don't know what he said, I don't care what he said". It's a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset.

Admitting he won't be the crowd favourite, there's every chance Kyrgios will have to put up with hecklers - like he did against Herbert...
"I don't want to change myself too much, but I could definitely take away things he does in certain situations".

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