US Open Umpire 'Brings Game Into Disrepute' With Bizarre Pep Talk

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Spectators on Court 17 of the on-going US Open witnessed a rather unusual interaction with the umpire of the game Mohamed Lahyani and Nick Kyrgios who seemed to be struggling against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The 20 time grand slam victor Roger Federer has condemned US Open officials and says a repeat of Flushing Meadows' umpiring farce "won't happen" in his weekend showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios.

"Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention", said tournament referee Brian Earley.

"Didn't know umpires were allowed to give pep talks", Vekic wrote.

Kyrgios downplayed what was said, but Herbert had a press conference and his own personal statement on his Twitter where he was visibly upset over the situation. But I understand what he was trying to do.

Herbert, however, was scathing of the US Open as he released a statement lambasting the umpiring decision that took place. "I know what I was doing out there wasn't good".

"He wasn't coaching me at all".

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

After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did.

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Roger Federer says his favorite drinks are cold water and a sparkling glass of champagne. "You're just not ready. I spend the least possible time here on site because that takes energy away", Zverev said.

"I'm not sure it was encouragement". He said he liked me - I don't know if that's encouragement.

The United States Tennis Association later said an investigation into Lahyani's conduct was ongoing but if Kyrgios had his way nothing would come of it.

Replayed footage of the physio's visit to Kyrgios shows the Aussie telling him: "I just called the doctor. He behaves the way he behaves", Federer said.

According to reports, The umpire appeared to be offering minimal effort to counter the powerful Herbert serve in the second round clash, Kyrgios was subjected to an animated dressing-down from the Swedish official as the players changed ends. We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick overpassing his function. I want to help you", "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis.

The Swiss was among those who thought Lahyani had crossed the line. "Ironic coming from someone who gets on court coaching every week of the year and also out of the US Open". Many believe if he could put it all together and just commit to the game, he'd be one of the best players on the planet.

Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover. "I didn't listen to what they said".

The Australian looked to be heading out of the tournament after losing the first set and trailing 3-0 in the second when Lahyani intervened. It's a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset.

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