Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

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)

AP

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.