Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Nick Kyrgios into US Open third round after umpire intervention

Nick Kyrgios into US Open third round after umpire intervention

Nick Kyrgios is no stranger to controversy on the tennis circuit, and the Australian star had his latest incident on Thursday at the US Open.

The tempestuous Australian appeared not to be trying when he trailed Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 0-3, nearly seeming to be deliberately avoiding a potential match-up against Roger Federer. Lahyani told Kyrgios that if he was feeling ill, that the tournament could provide medical help.

"I want to help you", Lahyani could be heard saying. "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis. I think everybody knows that".

Tennis remains one of those sports that prides itself on a sense of decorum, but Ozzie Nick Kyrgios has never been much bothered with all of that.

Seeking some sort of physical treatment, Kyrgios responded to Lahyani: "Okay".

"I get what he was trying to do".

Despite Lahyani being picked up by on-court microphones pleading with Kyrgios to try harder as he trailed the Frenchman by a set and 3-0, the USTA claimed the Swede was merely concerned about Kyrgios's health. It was not just about "how are you feeling?"

Former leading Australian umpire and one-time head of Asada Richard Ings weighed in.

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"I am racking my brain to think of a situation requiring a chair umpire to speak like that to one player", Ings tweeted. I umpired thousands of matches. I think this was not his job.

Many called for Lahyani to be immediately yanked from the match, and officials are reportedly investigating his conduct.

It was stunning. Lahyani urged Kyrgios, who has a history of insulting paying customers across the globe by walking away from matches, to compete at a higher level and "do better".

Federer, 37, will take a 2-1 career lead over the combustible Kyrgios into their Saturday duel but all three of the pair's encounters have gone to three sets. Kyrgios soon turned things around, recovering the break in the second set and then growing into the match.

Trailing by a set and 2-0 in their second-round clash, Kyrgios barely attempted to return serve during the next game and sat disconsolately down in his chair to the sound of booing from the crowd.

Federer was crisp in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire and made it 18 of 18 lifetime in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Second seed and five-time champion Federer, 37, made it 18 wins in 18 second round appearances in NY by seeing off error-plagued Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. "He just said that it's not a good look", Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani.

"He [Herbert] let me back into that set".

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