Umpire Mohamed Lahyani suspended for next two scheduled tournaments after “trying to help” Nick Kyrgios during US Open

INAPPROPRIATE CALL

Lahyani was heard saying the words “I want to help you” to the Australian when he was a set and a break down in his second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert

A tennis umpire has been suspended for his next two scheduled tournaments after being caught encouraging Nick Kyrgios during the US Open.

Mohamed Lahyani was heard saying to the Australian “I want to help you” during a changeover when Kyrgios was a set and a break down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The ATP sanctioned Lahyani’s punishment but still offered pleasant words on his umpiring ability

The ATP sanctioned Lahyani’s punishment but still offered pleasant words on his umpiring ability

Kyrgios then went on to win the second round match in four sets.

Lahyani will therefore miss October’s China Open and the Shanghai Masters after the ATP conducted an internal review.

The men’s governing body said in a statement: “Lahyani’s actions in the match were deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.

The Swede will be able to return to work at the Stockholm Open on October 15.

Controversy never seems to be far away from Kyrgios

Controversy never seems to be far away from Kyrgios

US Open organisers said Lahyani had gone “beyond protocol” but did not take any action at the time.

However, as he is one of the seven full-time umpires on the Tour, the incident was still subject to ATP disciplinary action.

ATP executive vice president of rules and competition Gayle David Bradshaw said Lahyani is a “world-class and highly-respected official”, but added “his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire.”

Bradshaw continued: “Although well-intended, his actions were regrettable and cannot go without disciplinary action on our own Tour.

“We know that he will learn from this experience and we look forward to welcoming him back in October.”

After the match, world number 27 Kyrgios said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Lahyani’s words had sparked his resurgence.

However, Frenchman Herbert said it was “the point something changed” and that the umpire’s actions were unnecessary.

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