WATCH: Umpire Intervenes as Jordan Thompson and Elias Ymer Nearly Get Into a Fight at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/03/2021, 9:35 PM EDT
August 09 2015: View of the stadium during the ATP men’s singles final between John Isner (USA) and Kei Nishikori (JPN) at the CITI Open tennis tournament at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, in Washington D.C. Kei Nishikori won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics might have come to an end, but the drama for tennis continues. As players begin their journey to the US Open, top athletes from the circuit are seen competing in and around the court, preparing for the big tournament. However, when playing with their hearts on their sleeve, emotions are bound to run high. Although passion is upheld in the sport and banter is enjoyed, the fine line of drama must not be crossed. Such was the case as 25-year-old Elias Ymer faced Jordan Thompson, in the round of 64 at the Citi Open 2021.

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Early in the match, both players looked game, set, and ready, as they aimed to dominate the other. Notably, playing at their absolute best, they attempted to outshine and outsmart each other. However, as the game reached its conclusion after over two hours of play, things got heated. Clearly, one was not happy with the result, while the other wasn’t letting his counterpart rain on his parade.

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Drama at the Citi Open

Fans witnessed an unbelievable fightback from Elias Ymer, who struggled at the beginning of the game. Despite starting strong, Jordan triumphed over him in the first set. However, Elias responded well to pressure and started the next set in dominating fashion, looking sharper than before. As he moved closer towards an epic fightback, winning the second set and taking the gamer to a decider set, flames were sent blazing across the Arena.

Elias played a remarkable game of tennis, making a comeback and taking the match by the crux of it. Thompson, who was stunned by his counterpart’s fightback, failed to comprehend this loss; hence, it showed in his emotions. Disagreeing over the match point, he expressed himself loud and clear.

However, his disapproval wasn’t received in the calmest way by his opponent, who addressed him at the net. As the two came head to head, the Umpire had to step out of his chair and stop the two from coming to blows. The duo was eventually separated as one walked away from the court in despair, and the other with victory.

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Undoubtedly, the drama at Citi Open 2021 continues, as some of the biggest names in the sport, battle it out for the ultimate prize. From the likes of Nick Kyrgios to Jack Sock, the competition has some of the absolute best to offer. However, the main attraction for Washington fans is the return of the Spanish maestro, Rafael Nadal.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his Men’s Singles quarterfinals match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)

After a two-month-long break, Rafael returns to the court in a bid to reclaim his legacy. The former World No. 1 makes his debut in Washington, before heading to the Rogers Cup and eventually appearing at the 2021 US Open. Anxious fans are sure to back the giant for success on his comeback. However, a little rusty form can change this dream return to a pity party. Fans await further to see what the champ has to offer.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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