WATCH: Chair Umpire Requests Security Protection From Camila Giorgi’s Father at Italian Open 2021

Published 05/11/2021, 4:00 AM EDT


A shocking commotion ensued at the Italian Open 2021 first-round match between Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo and local player Camila Giorgi. In light of constant interjection from Giorgi’s father, the chair umpire requested security protection for herself.

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Chair Umpire calls for security backup at the Italian Open 2021

Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo and Italian Camila Giorgi exhibited a heated battle for three excruciating sets. In the end, Sara came through in the last two games in the decider and won the match 7-6(4), 6-7(7), 7-5. She will now face the seventh seed and Madrid Open 2021 champion Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 9, 2021 General view inside the stadium during the match REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
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However, instead of their hard-fought battle, fans will remember what went down on the sidelines.

There is a video recording where one can clearly hear the chair umpire requesting security back up. “If it’s possible for you to stay around because Giorgi’s father is very mad, and I would like to have someone,” the chair umpire requested.

For now, there has been no follow-up on the scene that went down at the Italian Open. Hopefully, a solution will present itself with time for the safety and regards of the tennis officials.

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Without a doubt, the match presented some exceptional tennis in the close to four-hour battle. Both Sara and Camila matched toe-to-toe as they tried to register a place in the next round.

PALERMO, ITALY – AUGUST 07: Camila Giorgi of Italy returns a shot against Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine during 31st Palermo Ladies Open – Quarter Finals on August 07, 2020 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Since the WTA Rome 2021 had not got the electronic line-calling system like the Madrid Open, some decisions led to heated arguments. However, the players kept at it with their competitive spirit and showed great tenacity to win a first-round match.

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Although everything went against the 29-year-old Italian, her game was unquestionably on the positive side. Furthermore, she will aim to improve the shortcomings before going into the French Open.

Conversely, the Spanish professional will be happy to be on the winning side of the close battle. But she will need something special to get past the in-form Aryna Sabalenka in the next match.

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What are your thoughts on what went down between Giorgi’s father and the chair umpire?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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