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Nick Kyrgios wins after odd chat with U.S. Open umpire

US Open Tennis

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, talks to himself during a match 180against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


NEW YORK — After an unusual visit from the chair umpire, Nick Kyrgios turned around his match and won to reach the U.S. Open’s third round.

Kyrgios was down a set and 3-0 in the second when official Mohamed Lahyani climbed down from his seat and went over to speak to the player — something rarely, if ever, seen during a professional tennis match. At one point, Lahyani said, “Let me help you.”

The No. 30-seeded Kyrgios, who once was suspended by the ATP men’s tour after not trying during a match, started playing better and eventually beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.