Showing questionable effort in a match he'd eventually turn around and win in four sets after a weird pep talk from the chair umpire, Kyrgios was reportedly targeted by a heckler who wanted him to "just leave" because female star Eugenie Bouchard was next up on court 17.
"I'm not sure it was encouragement", said Kyrgios after his win.
Soon after Lahyani's intervention, Kyrgios began to play with more intensity.
"I think if you took that shot away, he wouldn't be as good because he neutralises big serves as well".
The report also stated that television microphones were unable to pick up the entire exchange, but Lahyani was heard saying: "I want to help you, I know this is not you". I wasn't really listening to him (Lahyani).
US Open Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been condemned after he appeared to give a pep talk to a losing player during a match.
"I haven't seen it, as I say". I just can tell you from that point Nick was playing much better.
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"But I get what he was trying to do".
If Lahyani gets in trouble for his actions on Thursday, maybe he should consider moving from the umpire chair to Kyrgios' coach's box.
Meanwhile, tournament referee Brian Earley offered to the Associated Press that Lahyani left the chair "to make sure he could communicate effectively" with Kyrgios, given the noise on Court 17 of Flushing Meadows.
After what some have called a "pep talk", Kyrgios went on to win the second and third sets.
Kyrgios replied: "Don't be salty that you are out of the US Open", he tweeted, though the Australian subsequently deleted the tweets.
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Zverev - perhaps benefiting from a tame early draw that started with two lucky losers - hasn't dropped more than four games in a set so far.
"It is not the umpire's role". The young Australian will need to be at his very best though against Fed next at the US Open.
Kyrgios had let a couple of serves go past him without even trying to return before the chair umpire got down his seat and had a chat with him. It's a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset.
"I think Nick today could be an incredible player". I mean, the umpire in Shanghai didn't cop any backlash. "He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves and then you as an umpire take decision on the chair - do you like it, or you don't".
"On the other hand after seeing the video I am angry with the umpire". This is incredible because [for the first time] in 40 years I'm actually going to defend an umpire.
"I go into that match with zero expectation".
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