Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Andy Roddick gives his thoughts on Mohamed Lahyani - Nick Kyrgios case

8 bizarre Nick Kyrgios meltdowns 8 bizarre Nick Kyrgios meltdowns
Betsy Taylor | 04 September, 2018, 08:59

Roger Federer has hit out at chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani over the well-respected official's "pep talk" with Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios during the latter's US Open second-round win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday.

The USTA said in a statement that Lahyani had simply been checking on Kyrgios's condition, and to inform him that "if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, that as chair umpire, he would need to take action".

Second seed and five-time champion Federer, 37, made it 18 wins in 18 second round appearances in NY by seeing off error-plagued Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. I'm not sure if that was encouragement.

"He's never played me best of five, either", Nick Kyrgios says of Roger Federer.

"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". "I know this is not you".

AN extraordinary mid-match pep talk from the chair umpire has fired Nick Kyrgios into a likely US Open third-round blockbuster with Roger Federer in NY.

"I don't think he (the umpire) has to go down and take the position of a coach". I know this is not you.

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair".

But most tennis folk would argue that Lahyani's first responsibility is to ensure an even contest, rather than to worry about the spectating experience. "I got pissed off", said 2011 and 2015 champion Djokovic.

The outcome of Federer vs. Kyrgios might very well have been decided in the very early going, long before Federer's "How did he do that?!" trick shot in the third set. I don't care what he said.

Herbert was not impressed by the intervention from Lahyani, as he offered up these comments following a match that appeared to turn after the umpire spoke to Kyrgios. "He again suggested to Kyrgios that he could receive medical attention".


Tournament referee Brian Earley released a statement seemingly supporting Lahyani, saying he only left his chair because of the noise, but the USTA, known to be unimpressed, was investigating the incident.

"Didn't now umpires were allowed to give pep talks", she tweeted.

His third-round showdown is against mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios. He came back to beat Herbert, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.

Similar to Federer, Sharapova has yet to drop a set, but that could easily change against the 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, who can match the Russian's raw power from the baseline but is also prone to fits of inconsistency. "I don't know what to think", he said after reviewing the footage.

"It was a conversation, and coversations can change mentality".

However, the incident didn't sit well with Kyrgios's next opponent, 20-time Grand slam victor Federer, who said: "It is not the umpire's role".

During a break in play, the umpire climbed down from his chair and approached the player, giving him what looked like a motivational speech. Of course he wasn't coaching me.

"It's better to be the underdog than have all the pressure", he said.

"After seeing the video I am angry against the umpire", Herbert said.

Others have defended both the umpire and the player involved.

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