Kyrgios had lost the first set when he left two serves alone to go 3-0 down in the second against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, prompting Lahyani to step down from his chair to talk with the Australian.
Australian Nick Kyrgios had lost 3-0 to, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second set of their match at Flushing Meadows, but battled back to defeat the Frenchman after the Umpire 's freakish intervention.
Kyrgios said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement".
The 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.
Croatia player Donna Vekic added: "Didn't know umpires were allowed to give pep talks".
Seeking some sort of physical treatment, Kyrgios said: "Okay".
"But I get what he was trying to do".
A defiant Kyrgios, who has been fined for tanking games in the past, denied that the umpire's remarks were out of line or made any difference to his mindset.
"This was always the Grand Slam where I didn't play my best ever", Zverev said. I mean, the umpire in Shanghai didn't cop any backlash.
The United States Tennis Association, which organizes the US Open, was quick to produce a three-paragraph statement attributed to the tournament referee not long after Kyrgios' press conference which appeared to fully exonerate Lahyani. I think this was not his job.
Kyrgios won the match 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-0 to earn a third-round showdown with Roger Federer.
The match completely turned around after that as the 23-year-old went on to bounce back in the second set and also win the following two sets to reach the third round.
During a break in play, the umpire climbed down from his chair and approached the player, giving him what looked like a motivational speech. It was not just about "How are you feeling? I feel good about our games".
"I'm not sure it was encouragement".
"You never know what woudl have happened if [Lahyani] didn't go down [from] the chair and start talking to him", he said.
Journalist Ben Rothenberg, who has been biffing with Kyrgios on Twitter as of late, reported that the mics captured Lahyani telling Kyrgios things like "I want to help you" and "you're great for tennis". "I don't know what to think", he said after reviewing the footage. Go back up to the chair. "I don't think this is appropriate for an umpire to go down and say, "I want to help you". Just sometimes he's mentally, yeah, not here. "Haha IRONIC coming from someone who gets on court coaching every week of the year and also out of the US Open", he responded. At this point, Kyrgios faced defeat in the first set and was facing a probable loss of the second set too. It was a conversation and conversations change mindsets.
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