Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Djokovic has sympathy for 'very positive' umpire Lahyani after Kyrgios controversy

Djokovic has sympathy for 'very positive' umpire Lahyani after Kyrgios controversy

On Thursday, Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.

Herbert was preparing to talk to Lahyani and expressed a wish for him to face a fine or similar, but that seemed unlikely to happen after tournament referee Brian Earley released a statement essentially supporting the umpire, citing the noise in the stadium for him getting off his chair to talk to Kyrgios.

Kyrgios rallied and lost just six games thereafter to secure a victory that earned him a clash with 20-time grand slam champion Federer, who claimed a straight-sets win over Benoit Paire.

"He said he liked me", Kyrgios said of Lahyani's remarks. I'm not sure if that was encouragement.

Sixth seed Caroline Garcia, who looked in good form in beating Briton Johanna Konta in the first round, is up against Olympic champion Monica Puig on Grandstand, followed by men's seventh seed Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, who meets Poland's Hubert Hurkacz. "I got some salt from the physio because it was hot and I wasn't feeling great", a bemused Kyrgios, who took the salt tablets in the next changeover, told reporters. "(I) may be enjoying NY a little less, but that gives me, you know, the credibility to play better". I wasn't really listening to him, but I knew it wasn't a good look. "I know this is not you".

The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a second-round match will continue to officiate during the U.S. Open.

"I don't know what he said. I just know he doesn't have to do that".

Kyrgios maintains there was no "coaching" involved, while the USTA has since cleared Lahyani of any major wrongdoing, saying the Swede went "beyond protocol" but will continue to umpire at the tournament.

However, Herbert said he was "even more upset" about the USTA's statement and said the association is "clearly taking us for fools". We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick overpassing (overstepping) his functions.

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Asked how he would respond if the umpire in the next match did the same thing as Lahyani, Federer said: "That won't happen".

"I get what he was trying to do. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but I can assure you it wasn't coaching".

"I umpired thousands of matches I was ATP head of officiating I can?t think of one".

"He was down there for too long".

"It's a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset".

Kyrgios wants to move on to and a match-up with arguably the game's greatest player is the ideal opportunity to refocus. "This was not his job", Herbert said.

"Again, I understand as well why people are speculating that should not happen".

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