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On-court coaching is prohibited at Grand Slam tournaments but that apparently didn’t stop umpire Mohamed Lahyani from giving notorious tanker Nick Kyrgios a pep talk on Thursday.
With Kyrgios not even attempting to return several serves by Pierre-Hugues Herbert during their second-round match and trailing 6-4, 3-0, Lahyani came down off his chair and gave Kyrgios a pep talk, telling him, “I’m trying to help you.”
Kyrgios said it’s not the first time an umpire has spoken to him about his actions being bad for the “integrity of the sport.”
“You know, the same thing happen to me, it’s happened in Shanghai before when we all know I had that moment in Shanghai where the referee said the same thing,” Kyrgios said after completing a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-0 comeback. “It’s not good for the integrity of the sport, doesn’t have a good look.”