WATCH: President referee asks Camila Giorgi’s dad for safety protection at 2021 Italian Open

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A shocking stir ensued during the 2021 Italian Open first round match between Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and local player Camila Giorgi. In light of constant interjections from Giorgi’s father, the chair umpire requested safety protection for herself.

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Chair umpire calls for security reinforcement at 2021 Italian Open

Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Italy’s Camila Giorgi fought a bitter three-set battle. In the end, Sara came out on top in the decider’s last two games and won the game 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 7-5. She will now face seventh seed and 2021 Madrid Open 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 fierce battle, fans will remember what happened on the sidelines.

There is a video recording where the chair umpire can clearly be heard calling for safety reinforcement. “If it is possible for you to stay because Giorgi’s father is very angry and I would like to have someone” the chair umpire asked.

So far, there has been no follow-up on the stage that unfolded at the Italian Open. Hopefully a solution will present itself over time for the safety and respect of tennis officials.

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Without a doubt, the match featured exceptional tennis in the nearly four hours of battle. Sara and Camila both faced off as they tried to secure a spot in the next round.

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

Since WTA Rome 2021 did not have the electronic appeal system like the Madrid Open, some decisions led to heated discussions. However, the players held firm with their competitive spirit and showed great tenacity to win a first round match.

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Although everything turned out against the 29-year-old Italian, her game was definitely on the positive side. In addition, it will aim to improve the gaps before entering Roland Garros.

Conversely, the Spanish professional will be happy to be on the winning side of the close battle. But she’ll need something special to get past fit Aryna Sabalenka in the next game.

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What do you think of what happened between Giorgi’s father and the chair umpire?

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