The 52-year-old Lahyani, who until Thursday was perhaps best known for umpiring the 11-hour marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, was roundly criticized by players, pundits and fans alike for taking the extraordinary decision to try and rouse Kyrgios when the Australian was trailing Herbert by a set and 3-0 in the match.
But Kyrgios said the pep talk "didn't help me at all" and said his opponent had "let me back into the second set". This isn t you.
"Knowing Mohamed, I really don't think that he meant to do it for any other reason but to help Nick understand that if he continues doing that, he might get a fine or penalty or whatever".
The wild child came back to take the set and win the match 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-0 and tennis players, media and commentators went into meltdown at the umpire for overstepping his boundaries.
A "comprehensive review conducted by a number of tournament officials" determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's mid-match chat with Kyrgios went "beyond our protocol", U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier told The Associated Press on Friday. "He said he liked me", Kyrgios, who next plays Roger Federer, said with a laugh. You don't go and speak like that in my opinion. I don't care what he said. It was not just about 'how are you feeling?
"He was down there for too long".
"It s a conversation".
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"It's a conversation, and a conversation can change your mindset". 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.
"That's why it won't happen again and everybody knows that". "I can see that; I know this is not you".
Like Federer, Herbert insisted that Lahyani had over-stepped the mark and said he would meet the official over the issue.
"But everybody who knows Mohamed knows as well he's quite different from others".
During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters after the match, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani. "He also informed Kyrgios that his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, he would need to take action".
"I'm going to put a lot of expectation on myself to play well".
Kyrgios has since defended Lahyani's actions, claiming he didn't receive any coaching from the umpire at all.
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"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".
Asked after the match what the umpire was saying to him when he trailed by a set and a break, Kyrgios said: "He was just concerned about how I was playing, like, 'Nick are you okay?'"
"They can tell him from the chair". I don't have a coach, I haven't had a coach for years. He doesn't need to say the words he said on the video.
"I go into that match with zero expectation".
The Swiss was among those who thought Lahyani had crossed the line.
Totally revitalised, Kyrgios dropped just three games in the final two sets, sealing victory after two hours and 47 minutes.
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