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Why This Photo Of Nick Kyrgios Is Going BONKERS

Two controversial moves have caused outrage at the US Open, one of which involved Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Firstly, this week, the high temperatures and humidity in New York led tournament organisers to introduce a new rule permitting a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets during men's matches.

Players are not allowed to talk to their coaches during this break. 

However, Andy Murray said he saw opponent Fernando Verdasco doing exactly that after finishing a cold shower after he was beaten 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Murray was furious that it was he who alerted officials to the incident, telling umpire Nico Helwerth when he returned to the court: "I had to tell them because no-one knows the f***ing rules.

"I went and told the supervisor. I said, 'what are you guys doing? I mean, there's clear rules here and you're allowing this to take place. I don't get it.'

"Then he ran through, 'oh, you're not allowed to speak.' They obviously weren't in there for long, but you've got to do better than that. This is one of the biggest events in the world."

Verdasco flatly denied any such rule breach, claiming that while his coach was in the locker room, he spoke only to another player, Marcos Baghdatis, and the Cypriot's coach.

It didn’t stop Murray using #liarliarpantsonfire on an Instagram post…

Nick Kyrgios, who has history with Verdasco, also weighed in on the debate, saying of the coaching accusations on Twitter: "Let's be real, very believable because it is Verdasco lol."

Speaking of Kyrgios, this brings us to the second controversy...

The bloke who was the chair umpire during Kyrgios’ match (and subsequent win) over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert is copping massive heat after giving Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk.

Thing is, after Kyrgios was spoken to by chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, Kyrgios rallied to pull off an impressive 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 comeback.

It was reported that Lahyani left his chair to beg Kyrgios to try harder for the sake of the paying crowd and to avoid being sanctioned - again - for not giving his best effort.

"I want to help you. I want to help you," Lahyani said.

"I’ve seen your matches: you’re great for tennis.

"Nick, I know this is not you."

On social media, the pitchforks came out over the umpire’s "coaching", fans furious about his perceived bias towards Kyrgios.

Herbert later put out a statement, expressing his anger at Lahyani and his disappointment at the statement from the US Open.

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