Umpire Mohamed Lahyani banned for Nick Kyrgios pep-talk

Umpire suspended for Kyrgios ‘pep talk’ at US Open

As you all know, Lahyani encouraged the Australian player to make a effort in his US Open second round match against the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, having an influence on the outcome of the match as Kyrgios would then win in four sets. US Open officials decided while Lahyani went beyond protocol regarding his actions, he was allowed to continue for the rest of the tournament but stressed he should adhere to proper protocol. "I know this is not you".

"The US Open determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's conduct during second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol", a US Open statement said.

Kyrgios, meanwhile, laughed at the idea that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.

The umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended for the following two scheduled tournaments in the ATP tennis after the umpire attempted to root, the Australian, Nick Kyrgios during a match at the Flushing Meadows.

Mohamed Lahyani will not officiate at his next two scheduled events - the China Open in Beijing, which starts on October 1, and the Shanghai Masters the following week, the men's tour said in a statement Tuesday.

Gayle David Bradshaw, ATP executive vice president of rules and competition, said: "Mohamed is a world-class and highly-respected official".

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"However, his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire".

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

Bradshaw continued in a statement: "Although well-intended, his actions were regrettable and can not go without disciplinary action on our own tour".

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair". However he went on to say that they will welcome him back in October.

However, Lahyani is one of seven full-time umpires on the Tour and so the incident was still subject to ATP disciplinary action. But I get what he was trying to do. But you don't go and speak like that, in my opinion.

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