Camila Giorgi has refuted allegations that she used false Covid-19 vaccination papers to gain entry into certain countries and tournaments that required certificates.
The former world No 26’s family doctor Daniela Grillon has been charged with vaccinating people with fake serums and issuing false vaccination documents to high-profile people in Italy.
Grillone claimed Giorgi asked her about obtaining false vaccination documents, saying: “Shortly before the beginning of summer, she had come asking for the possibility of obtaining false proof of all the mandatory vaccines, as well as the Covid vaccine.
“I can confirm with absolute certainty that none of the vaccines against the Giorgi family have actually been administered.”
Following her 6-0, 6-1 first-round win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Italian – who speaks limited English – was asked if she wanted to address the issue and replied: “Yeah, of course. When they did talk before to know the situation.
“Of course, the doctor has been investigated, and she had troubles in this year with the law a few times.
“I did all my vaccination in different places. So the trouble is hers. Not me. So with that, I’m very calm.
“Of course, if not, I couldn’t come here and play this tennis.”
The case has no doubt alerted tennis authorities, especially those in Australia, after Novak Djokovic was deported from the country last year due to his unvaccinated Covid-19 status.
Djokovic was initially stopped by Border Control and refused entry into the country and his visa was overturned over concerns that he did not have the right paperwork to enter Australia, but he challenged the decision and it was reinstated.
The visa was then scrapped for a second time over fears he could stoke anti-vaccination sentiment in the country and, although he again appealed the decision, it was upheld and he left the country.
When Giorgo was quizzed about whether or not she received documents form the controversial doctor, she answered: “I did everything what the Australian government asked.”
She was also asked to confirm if she was vaccinated by the doctor, she said: “Once. The vaccinations I got in different places.”
The Italian added: “She (said) my name, of course, but there is more than 300 people who she give the names.”
The 31-year-old also denied deliberately seeking out false documents, saying: “No, not at all.”