The 52-year-old Lahyani, who until Thursday was perhaps best known for umpiring the 11-hour marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, was roundly criticized by players, pundits and fans alike for taking the extraordinary decision to try and rouse Kyrgios when the Australian was trailing Herbert by a set and 3-0 in the match.
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.
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"I want to help you, I want to help you", Lahyani was overheard telling Kyrgios. "I'm not sure if that was encouragement", said the Australian who nevertheless won 19 of the last 25 games following Lahyani's unprecedented intervention. "He just said that it's not a good look", he explained.
"I think if you took that shot away, he wouldn't be as good because he neutralises big serves as well".
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"I know what I was doing wasn't good", Kyrgios said. "I wasn't really listening to him".
He added: "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis..."
Showing questionable effort in a match he'd eventually turn around and win in four sets after a weird pep talk from the chair umpire, Kyrgios was reportedly targeted by a heckler who wanted him to "just leave" because female star Eugenie Bouchard was next up on court 17.
He said: "I heard a little bit about it, but I haven't seen it to be honest. He was just concerned with how I was playing".
New York Times tennis correspondent Ben Rothenberg, who has been feuding with Kyrgios on Twitter this week, wanted the umpire immediately pulled from the match.
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A "comprehensive review conducted by a number of tournament officials" determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's mid-match chat with Kyrgios went "beyond our protocol", U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier told The Associated Press on Friday. I wasn't putting forth my best performance. "He said he liked me", Kyrgios, who next plays Roger Federer, said with a laugh.
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, reacts against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in NY. "This was not his job", Herbert said. "But you don't go and speak like that, in my opinion", said the second-seeded Swiss. He was there for too long.
Not just Murray, Kyrgios' match opponent Herbert too didn't take it lightly.
"I get what he was trying to do".
"It's a conversation, and a conversation can change your mindset".
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"Again, I understand as well why people are speculating that should not happen". From I what heard, knowing Mohamed, I think he has done it in a friendly way.