- A chair umpire at the Italian Open requested security on Monday after a player’s father became irate.
- In a clip, Segio Giorgi – Camila Giorgi’s dad – is seen glaring from the stands.
- “Giorgi’s father is very mad and I would like to have someone,” the umpire said into her radio.
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In the opening round of the Italian Open on Monday, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Camila Giorgi put on a show with their epic three-set match.
But an off-court clash during the match has garnered attention in and beyond the tennis world.
Sergio Giorgi, Camila Giorgi’s father and coach, was seen “inserting himself into the conversation with the chair umpire” throughout his 29-year-old daughter’s nearly four-hour battle, according to CNN Sports’ Jill Martin. As Camila Giorgi relinquished a third-set lead, her father grew increasingly irate and created a scene that Martin described as “uncomfortable to watch.”
The chair umpire eventually called security for backup as Sergio Giorgi glared from the stands. In a video shared by Twitter user Lorena Popa, the official was heard asking someone on the other end of her walkie-talkie: “Is it possible for you to stay around?”
“Because Giorgi’s father is very mad and I would like to have someone,” the official added.
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Sorribes Tormo won the grueling match 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, but it was Sergio Giorgi who took the biggest “L” of the day.