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Umpires take center stage in Hsieh, Kyrgios matches


“They can tell him from the chair. He doesn’t need to go down. He doesn’t need to say the words he said on the video. That is not his job,” he added.

Kyrgios downplayed the incident.

“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement,” Kyrgios said. “He just said that it’s not a good look. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good.”

US Open chiefs did not help matters by saying that Lahyani was forced to step from his chair as the crowd noise meant that Kyrgios could not hear him.

“Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention,” tournament referee Brian Earley said. “He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, that as the chair umpire, he would need to take action.”

Australian Open champion Wozniacki went down 6-4, 6-2 to world No. 36 Tsurenko, who claimed a second top-10 win this month having also defeated Garbine Muguruza in Cincinnati.

“She played the game I should have played,” Wozniacki said.

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