Tennis official who 'coached' Nick Kyrgios suspended

Paola Ditto
Сентября 23, 2018

US Open officials later ruled that Lahyani had gone "beyond protocol" with his actions but allowed him to continue to officiate at the tournament.

The 30th-seeded Kyrgios wound up beating Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0, then lost to Roger Federer in his next match.

"I want to help you", Lahyani could be heard telling Kyrgios, who was a set and 3-0 down at the time.

"I want to help you", Lahyani said to Kyrgios. "You are great for tennis".

That's the penalty dished out overnight to Swedish tennis umpire Mohamed Lahyani, who climbed down off his chair at the US Open two weeks ago and gave Nick Kyrgios the sort of talking-to we'd all love to have given him for at least five years now.

Lahyani has been suspended for two weeks without pay by the ATP Tour.

No sanction was taken against the official during the tournament in NY, with Lahyani given the all-clear to continue despite US Open organisers saying his actions had been "beyond protocol". "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.

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

"Lahyani's actions in the match were deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official", the ATP official added.

Lahyani is one of seven full-time ATP chair umpires and will now miss the China Open starting on October 1 and the Shanghai Masters the following week after that.

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

Lahyani pleaded with an unmotivated Kyrgios to not waste his talents and pull his head back into the game as the Australian called for a trainer. "He behaves the way he behaves", said 20-time major victor Roger Federer.

"But you don't go speak like that".

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