Spectators on Court 17 of the on-going US Open witnessed a rather unusual interaction with the umpire of the game Mohamed Lahyani and Nick Kyrgios who seemed to be struggling against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
"That's the beauty of a night session at the US Open".
Just sometimes he's mentally, yeah, not here.
For nearly a minute the animated Lahyani gestured and pleaded with the stone-faced Kyrgios and the Swedish umpire could be heard telling him: "'I'm trying to help you". "(I) may be enjoying NY a little less, but that gives me, you know, the credibility to play better".
Despite the USTA accepting that Lahyani was wrong to speak with the tennis player, they have decided that he can continue to umpire at this year's US Open without sanction due to his "exemplary track record as an worldwide tennis official".
A furious Herbert said that Lahyani had over-stepped the mark.
"The umpire doesn't need to talk to him".
But when the trainer arrived and asked what Kyrgios needed treatment for, the Australian said: "I don't know, check my wrist or something".
"They can tell him from the chair". That is not his job.
"I don't know yet if it would have changed something". But, when Kyrgios comes to play, he can be extremely hard to contend with.
The Frenchman said: "On court I tried to focus on myself".
"I'm not sure it was encouragement. He just said that it's not a good look", Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. "He doesn't make that many mistakes, and I think he's a really good umpire".
Nick Kyrgios of Austria returns a shot against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in a second round match on day four of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Kyrgios looked disinterested during the freaky mid-match pep talk from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.
"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair".
"We don't know what would have happened if he (Lahyani) didn't do it".
However on this occasion, the chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, took it upon himself to intervene at the change of ends. He is 1-2 against the Swiss legend throughout their career head-to-head.
"I get what he was trying to do".
Two-times champion Novak Djokovic is last up on Arthur Ashe against French 26th seed Richard Gasquet, while over at the Louis Armstrong Stadium both the men and women's fourth seeds will attempt to reach the last 16.
German third seed Alexander Zverev made the third round for the first time in four tries after a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over lucky loser Nicolas Mahut.
He was backed up by Roger Federer, Kyrgios' next opponent, as well as a number of current and former players on social media.
"This was always the Grand Slam that I didn't play my best ever".
"I do believe I can win".