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Kyrgios involved in more controversy after umpire intervention

Kyrgios involved in more controversy after umpire intervention

The erratic Kyrgios lost the opener 6-4 and was trailing 0-3 in the second set when Lahyani left his chair at the changeover and told the Australian: "I want to help you".

Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organizers for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during Thursday's second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

"I'm not sure it was encouragement".

After the match, Kyrgios said Lahyani's actions had no effect on how he played. I think they're gonna suspend him and they're gonna do something and marginalise him and say "this is outrageous and it's unacceptable", and at a certain level it is. "I think he very well knows, deep inside of himself, what he also needs to do". He said: "I don't really realise I think".

Lahyani was heard to tell Kyrgios "I want to help you".

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, talks to himself during a match 180against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in NY. I don't care what he said.

"It was not just about 'how are you feeling?" "I had the plan to go to Dubai first, where it's extremely hot".

At this point, Kyrgios faced defeat in the first set and was facing a probable loss of the second set too.

For a 23-year-old who has been cast as one of the most unpredictable athletes in the world, there's one thing you can count on: Kyrgios brings the drama. "Just call the trainer to the court and I'll try".

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Nick Kyrgios has his toughest assignment to date at this year's U.S. Open when he faces second seed Roger Federer in a third round encounter at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, while Maria Sharapova takes on Jelena Ostapenko in a clash of big hitters. "I loved it", he said.

Controversy seems to trail Kyrgios, a prodigious talent who has spent his brief professional tennis career dazzling, frustrating and bewildering followers of the men's tour, sometimes in the course of the same match, in the uncanny, self-fulfilling way it attaches itself to provocateurs and iconoclasts in any line of work.

On Thursday, tournament referee Brian Earley also denied suggestions that Lahyani was trying to gee up Kyrgios.

Professional Donna Vekic tweeted about the possible pep talk, and Kyrgios tweeted his thoughts back. Herbert won the set, 6-4. Totally revitalised, Kyrgios dropped just three games in the final two sets, sealing victory after two hours and 47 minutes.

"It's a conversation, and a conversation can change your mindset".

"He wasn't coaching me at all".

No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki is out of the US Open in the second round, joining No. 1 Simona Halep on the sideline.

Kyrgios will next take on world number two Roger Federer in the third round of the US Open. "But he's never played me in best of five either". It wasn't expected, or even allowed by a chair umpire, especially when on-court coaching isn't allowed at the ATP stage or at the majors. Mohamed, whether he came down from the chair or not, he tried to encourage him to play better, to remind him that he has a responsibility towards the fans.

"I go into that match with zero expectation".


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