US Open bosses branded ‘fools’ as umpire who ‘coached’ Nick Kyrgios to victory escapes with a ticking off

US OPEN bosses have been branded ‘fools’ as the Nick Kyrgios coaching row rumbles on.

Tennis stars, already fuming about being forced to play in sweltering temperatures, rounded on umpire Mohamed Lahyani after he left his chair to give the struggling Aussie a pep-talk during his second-round win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

 Nick Kyrgios appeared to be coached during his second-round win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert

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Nick Kyrgios appeared to be coached during his second-round win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert
 Herbert reacted angrily after feeling umpire Mohamed Lahyani coached Kyrgios at a changeover

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Herbert reacted angrily after feeling umpire Mohamed Lahyani coached Kyrgios at a changeover
 The Aussie fought back from a set and a break down to win in four sets

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The Aussie fought back from a set and a break down to win in four sets

Lahyani only received a ticking off from tournament chiefs last night because of his 'exemplary track record' despite clearly breaking Grand Slam rules and going 'beyond US Open protocols'.

He will be allowed to carry on umpiring but angry Herbert said in a statement on Thursday evening: "The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is clearly taking us for fools.

"We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick, overstepping his functions. I am still waiting for explanations. Nick from his side is not to blame as he did not ask for anything.

"But his behaviour and motivation on court from this moment changed and then he dominated the match. After seeing the video I am angry against the umpire.

 Kyrgios was booed by spectators at the US Open after appearing not to give 100 per cent in the early stages

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Kyrgios was booed by spectators at the US Open after appearing not to give 100 per cent in the early stages
 Herbert had no problems with his opponent, who did not ask to speak with the umpire Mohamed Lahyani

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Herbert had no problems with his opponent, who did not ask to speak with the umpire Mohamed Lahyani
 The Frenchman believes the USTA are taking the players for 'fools' after Lahyani escaped with just a ticking off

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The Frenchman believes the USTA are taking the players for 'fools' after Lahyani escaped with just a ticking off

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"He should not have got down off his chair and try to reason Nick. Did this action affect the game? We will never know."

Aussie bad-boy Kyrgios downplayed the incident afterwards although Roger Federer, who he faces today for a place in round four, won’t stand for any similar nonsense.

The 23-year-old posted an image with his hand cupping his ear to Instagram and simply wrote: "Switch. #usopen #whatelseyougot."

And fellow tennis star and good friend Andy Murray, who himself was knocked out in controversial circumstances to Fernando Verdasco, commented: "When you going to announce Mohamed Lahyani as your new coach?" which was well received by Kyrgios' followers.

 Andy Murray commented on Kyrgios' Instagram post referencing the incident

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Andy Murray commented on Kyrgios' Instagram post referencing the incident

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Federer said: "It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair. I get what he was trying to do. Nick behaves the way he behaves.

"You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don’t you like it. But you don’t go and speak like that, in my opinion.

"Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter.

"That’s why it won’t happen again. Everybody knows that."

Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova both eased through to the third round while Serena and Venus Williams are set to lock horns in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Hilarious moment terrified Andy Murray filmed hurtling round a roller coaster with tennis pal Nick Kyrgios

 Lahyani has had previous altercations with players, including with Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2017

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Lahyani has had previous altercations with players, including with Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2017
 Roger Federer was unhappy with how the umpire acted and hopes there will be no repeat when he takes on Kyrgios

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Roger Federer was unhappy with how the umpire acted and hopes there will be no repeat when he takes on Kyrgios

US OPEN bosses have been branded ‘fools’ as the Nick Kyrgios coaching row rumbles on.