Tennis umpire Mohamed Lahyani banned for Nick Kyrgios pep-talk

Umpire Mohamed Lahyani suspended for two tournaments

Umpire Mohamed Lahyani suspended for two tournaments

In weird scenes, the umpire stepped down from his chair and spoke to Kyrgios, appearing to tell him "I want to help you" and "I know this is not you".

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". "I know this is not you".

Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second against Herbert.

The words of encouragement obviously worked as Kyrgios went on to win the match to progress, while Herbert wasn't impressed claiming that Lahyani had overstepped the mark, which tennis great Roger Federer has also came out on said.

Initially, the chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani was not suspended after his pep talk with Nick Kyrgios at the US Open.

The ATP executive vice-president of rules and competition Gayle David Bradshaw has high regards for Lahyani.

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The ban will effectively rule Lahyani out from officiating in the ensuing two tournaments - the China Open and Shanghai Masters - where he was scheduled for duty. He says, "world-class and highly-respected official", focusing on the issue he added "his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire".

The statement read: "Lahyani's actions in the match were deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official".

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

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

However, Lahyani is one of seven full-time umpires on the Tour and so the incident was still subject to ATP disciplinary action. However he went on to say that they will welcome him back in October. "He behaves the way he behaves", said 20-time major victor Roger Federer.

Hebert, who lost three sets in a row, was disappointed by the umpire's behavior, saying that he had taken the position of Kyrgios' coach during the match. But you don't go and speak like that, in my opinion.

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