Umpire who gave pep talk to Kyrgios at U.S. Open…

Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani banned for two weeks for Nick Kyrgios US Open pep talk

Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani banned for two weeks for Nick Kyrgios US Open pep talk

Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended after he was seen giving Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during the Australian's US Open match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the ATP has confirmed.

Lahyani got into trouble for leaving his chair and talking to Kyrgios when the Australian was trailing 3-0 in the second set of his second round match, having thrown away the first on a wild second-serve double-fault. During a changeover, Lahyani left his chair - a rare sight in Grand Slam tennis - to speak to Kyrgios, leaning with hands on knees while saying, "I want to help you".

'I can not tell you.

Lahyani wasn't suspended at the Open, but he didn't handle any noteworthy singles matches after the Kyrgios incident. "It's a very special tournament for me and it was really tough to control my emotions", sixth seed Dzumhur said.

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair". Roger Federer also made clear that he believed Lahyani had crossed a line.

"He was there for too long", Federer said of the umpire's intervention. It was a conversation and conversations change mindsets. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter.

Mohamed Lahyani is one of seven full-time umpires on the tour
Mohamed Lahyani is one of seven full-time umpires on the tour

"That's why it won't happen again and everybody knows that. I think everybody knows that". After the match, Herbert issued a statement complaining about Lahyani's actions.

After the tournament, the ATP Tour levied a harsher punishment on the Swedish umpire. "Despite the incident taking place at the US Open, under the jurisdiction of the US Tennis Association, the incident was still subject to ATP disciplinary action due to Lahyani's position as full-time ATP employee and the high standards the ATP requires of its chair umpires regardless of the event to which he or she is assigned, in order to maintain the integrity of the Tour", the ATP Tour said in a statement released after a request for comment from The New York Times. He will return for the Stockholm Open on October 15.

Nick Kyrgios goads the crowd as they boo him during his US Open second round match. The ATP does not disclose umpires' compensation.

"Lahyani's actions in the match were deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official", the men's governing body said in a statement.

"Although well-intended, his actions were regrettable and can not go without disciplinary action on our own tour".

'We know that he will learn from this experience and we look forward to welcoming him back in October'.

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