US Open umpire in Kyrgios row 'went beyond protocol', escapes sanction

Nick Kyrgios- Nick Kyrgios fanned the flames of controversy on social media afterwards

Nick Kyrgios- Nick Kyrgios fanned the flames of controversy on social media afterwards

His comments included, "I want to help you"; "I've seen your matches, you're great for tennis"; and "I know this is not you".

Herbert was preparing to talk to Lahyani and expressed a wish for him to face a fine or similar, but that seems unlikely to happen after tournament referee Brian Earley released a statement essentially supporting the umpire, citing the noise in the stadium for him getting off his chair to talk to Kyrgios. "I want to help you", Lahyani said. "I can't think of one", Ings tweeted.

Herbert later criticised the United States Tennis Association and the US Open in a statement, adding Lahyani was "overstepping his functions" in coming down to the court.

The Australian now plays Roger Federer, with whom he has had close matches in the past, after the Swiss overcame Benoit Paire in straight sets. "We enjoy playing against each other", said Federer. He said he liked me.

But USTA chiefs have undertaken a "comprehensive review" of the chair umpire's behaviour and decided that he will avoid punishment, despite accepting that his actions went "beyond protocol".

The gigs don't come much bigger than Saturday's clash between the 23-year-old Kyrgios and five-time Open champion Roger Federer, 37. "You're just not ready".

Kyrgios, the No. 30 seed, was dragging through a casual effort against France's Pierre-Hughes Herbert, down a set and a break, when Lahyani stepped in for the controversial tete-a-tete. While people called for Lahyani to be yanked immediately from the match, the statement refused to address whether the umpire was in the wrong or what would happen next to address the matter. He suggested that Kyrgios receive medical attention.

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Herbert said he meant to confront Lahyani. Oh, I'm not feeling so well.

"He was down there for too long".

If Lahyani gets in trouble for his actions on Thursday, maybe he should consider moving from the umpire chair to Kyrgios' coach's box. "His performance will continue to be evaluated, as will that of all chair umpires throughout the course of the US Open". "Conversations can change your mindset".

"That's why it won't happen again".

"If he makes a mistake, I think he should be also punished".

Also going through were Wimbledon champion and two-time US Open victor Novak Djokovic as well as Maria Sharapova, the 2006 champion in NY.

The Australian firebrand eventually won the match in four sets, but reporters at the event said he was repeatedly targeted by a heckler who was clearly only there to see the next match, featuring glamorous Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

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