Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

USTA says umpire at Nick Kyrgios match will keep working

USTA says umpire at Nick Kyrgios match will keep working

However, women's second seed Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out by Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine.

Djokovic revealed he had not seen the incident prior to his second-round match against Tennys Sandgren but, while having some sympathy for Herbert, he suggested the umpire was just acting in the best interests of the sport.

Lahyani stunned fans when he climbed down from his chair in the second set of Kyrgios's second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France on Court 17 to seemingly berate the Australian for a lack of effort. He said he liked me, I'm not sure if that was encouragement.

"Knowing Mohamed, I really don't think that he meant to do it for any other reason but to help Nick understand that if he continues doing that, he might get a fine or penalty or whatever".

"Actually, the umpire doesn't have to talk to him at all".

"I don't know what he said". That is not his job.

"I think every major has its pros and cons, I guess", he said. But, when Kyrgios comes to play, he can be extremely hard to contend with. I don't care what he said.

Kyrgios said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement. He just said that it's not a good look", Kyrgios said. I wasn't feeling good.

During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters after the match, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after defeating Pierre Hugues Herbert of France during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday Aug. 30 2018 in New York
Outrage as umpire's controversial pep talk helps Nick Kyrgios to victory

Players are forbidden from receiving on-court coaching during matches, and Herbert remains unhappy at the USTA's claim that Lahyani was checking on Kyrgios' condition.

The trials and tribulations of Nick Kyrgios took another turn at the US Open as he moved into the third round but only after freakish intervention from the chair umpire.

In Wimbledon 2014, Lahyani was officiating a match between Gael Monfils and Malek Jaziri in which the former was complaining to his box throughout about not wanting to compete, and voicing his discomfort on grass.

Djokovic - the 13-time major victor seeking a third US Open crown - looked comfortable in the third, earning a match point as he appeared set to sweep the American in three sets. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don't you like it. You know, when I was up 40-0 at the end, I put my ear to the crowd, just want to hear them boo again.

"But, as I said, I'm used to it because I've played there many times". Like, I was down 5-2.

The Russian, who committed 33 unforced errors, next faces 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

An evident favourite, Federer had earlier defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in their opening-round clash to storm into the next round.

Kerber will next take on Dominika Cibulkova after the Slovakian beat Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4 despite being docked two points for returning late from a heat break.

Sabalenka, who won the New Haven tournament last week and reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati, has made the third round of a Slam for the first time.

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