Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been cleared of any wrongdoing after seemingly offering Nick Kyrgios support during a US Open match. Lahyani was officiating Kyrgios’ second-round clash with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, which was going the way of the Frenchman at 6-4 3-0, when he climbed out of his umpire’s chair to have a word with the Australian.
Although not all of the conversion was picked up by the TV audio, he could be heard telling Kyrgios: “I want to help you. This isn’t you. I know that.”
There has been condemnation of the official’s action although Kyrgios has suggested it was ridiculous to even think that he was being “coached” by the umpire.
However, the man from Down Under then rallied to secure 19 of the next 25 games for a 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-0 success.
It seems a line has now been draw under the incident, with a US Open statement clearing Lahyani.
“He came out of the chair because of the noise level in the stadium during the changeover to make sure he could communicate effectively with Kyrgios,” it read.
“Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention. Lahyani told Kyrgios that if he was feeling ill, that the tournament could provide medical help.
“He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, that as the chair umpire, he would need to take action.”