Statement from Tournament Referee on Nick Kyrgios vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert match

Roger Federer savages umpire's Nick Kyrgios pep talk as world of tennis reacts in disbelief

Roger Federer savages umpire's Nick Kyrgios pep talk as world of tennis reacts in disbelief

As Kyrgios sat down Lahyani got down from his chair and, amidst an animated dressing-down that lasted nearly a minute, the Swedish official was heard to say 'I want to help you, I know this is not you'. I know what I was doing out there wasn't good. There was an immediate reaction from current and former players on social media claiming Lahyani had majorly overstepped his role. "Just call the trainer to the court and I'll try". I stayed out here in the second set.

'I'm not sure it was encouragement. I want to help you, ' Lahyani said. I wasn't feeling good. I wasn't really listening to him, but I knew it wasn't a good look. "We all know I had that moment in Shanghai where the referee said the same thing - "It's not good for the integrity of the sport, doesn't have a good look", said Kyrgios. "Didn't help me at all".

Kyrgios also expressed his hope that the umpire does not face any serious action for his conduct.

But when the trainer arrived and asked what Kyrgios needed treatment for, the Australian said: "I don't know, check my wrist or something".

"Herbert saw things differently and felt that Lahyani's intervention did affect Kyrgios" mental approach.

"The umpire in Shanghai didn't cop any backlash", said Kyrgios.

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"I am racking my brain to think of a situation requiring a chair umpire to speak like that to one player. I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that".

Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani is already under fire for his unprecedented intervention, but Kyrgios rolls on after pulling off a drama-charged comeback win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest.

According to the statement, Lahyani was initially concerned for Kyrgios' health before issuing a warning about the lack of effort. But it was odd to see Kyrgios publicly get upset about a reasonable tweet from a fellow pro after he had blatantly taken off portions of his match.

"He again suggested to Kyrgios that he could receive medical attention".

Seeking some sort of physical treatment, Kyrgios responded to Lahyani: "Okay".

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