US Open: Nick Kyrgios booed by crowd, cheered on by chair umpire

first_imgNick Kyrgios enjoyed a resurrection of sorts after coming back from being a set down to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.Kyrgios, who lost the first set, was trailing 0-3 in the second and was heading towards another one of his lacklusture displays and early exit from a grand slam.But, the Australian, who doesn’t listen to anyone, did well to take some advice from the chair umpire and come back strong to win the match 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0 and set up a third round clash with Roger Federer.In a bizarre scene that caused an instant stir on social media, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got off his chair with Kyrgios down a set and trailing 3-0 in the second to give the Australian a pep talk.4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0@NickKyrgios rallies to defeat Herbert to book a spot in R3…He awaits the winner of Federer/Paire!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/gQWIkrTucDUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018For almost a minute the animated Lahyani gestured and pleaded with the stone-faced Kyrgios and the Swedish umpire could be heard telling him: ‘I’m trying to help you”.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) decided to investigate the incident.”It’s happened in Shanghai. We all know I had that moment in Shanghai where the referee said the same thing – ‘It’s not good for the integrity of the sport, doesn’t have a good look’,” said Kyrgios. “It happens in other sports, too.”advertisementThe USTA later issued a statement saying there was no reason to take action against the umpire, explaining that Lahyani came down because of the noise level in the stadium and was simply concerned Kyrgios might have needed medical attention.He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire he would need to take action.”The umpire in Shanghai didn’t cop any backlash,” said Kyrgios. “It happened to me in Cincinnati two weeks ago against (Juan Martin) Del Potro, the exact same thing happened. I wasn’t putting forth my best performance.”I did the same today. The umpire was like, ‘Nick, you can’t be doing this. It’s a bad look’. Same thing happened there.”Absurd scenes at the #USOpen. The UMPIRE got out of his chair and basically begged a struggling Nick Kyrgios to put in more effort in the match pic.twitter.com/WDMeyRDboySibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 31, 2018However, a section of the crowd wasn’t as supportive as Lahyani as they were growing impatient with Kyrgios’ attitude and one asked him to get over with quick because Genie Bouchard was slated to play her match next.But, Kyrgios had none of it and had an apt response to the Bouchard jibe by saying that the “Well, you’ll never have her.”GREAT TALENTThe enigmatic Australian, viewed as one of the sport’s great talents who has yet to fulfil his potential, looked set to produce another lacklustre effort as he stayed cemented to the baseline, barely flinching as Herbert served for a 3-0 lead.It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest.While the contest turned in Kyrgios’s favour after the chat the 30th seed said the talk had nothing to do with the outcome.”I’m not sure it was encouragement. He said he liked me,” Kyrgios, who next plays Roger Federer, said with a laugh. “He just said that it’s not a good look.”I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him (Lahyani). Didn’t help me at all.”After Federer beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 he was asked about the umpire’s action in the Kyrgios match.”It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair. But I get what he was trying to do. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don’t you like it. But you don’t go and speak like that, in my opinion,” said the second-seeded Swiss.”I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well. Go back up to the chair.’ He was there for too long.advertisement”It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter. That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”last_img

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