Camila Giorgi was not inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to her family doctor Daniela Grillon, who has been charged with vaccinating people with fake serums.
Grillone was arrested in February 2022 and has been charged in Vicenza with administering fake serums and providing fake vaccination certificates to dozens of high-profile people in Italy.
In December, La Repubblica dropped a bombshell as it released the names of several celebrities and public figures who are being investigated for using false COVID-19 vaccination certificates.
Former world No 26 Giorgi and several of her family members’ names were on the list and Corriere del Veneto has added more details as Grillon told authorities that the tennis player initially asked about obtaining false vaccination documents.
“The Giorgi family has been under treatment with me for a long time. Camila Giorgi suffered from the so-called tennis elbow,” she told Corriere del Veneto.
“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. I have not received any payment in that case.”
Giorgi played in several tournaments, including the Australian Open and US Open, last year that only allowed players who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to compete.
Her participation in the 2022 season-opening Grand Slam in Australia will no doubt raise major concerns for tennis authorities as former world No 1 Novak Djokovic was infamously deported from the country over his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Serbian missed his title defence in Melbourne as authorities first withdrew his visa over concerns about his exemption to enter the country despite not being vaccinated.
He challenged the decision and his visa was re-instated, but the then immigration minister Alex Hawke withdrew his visa for a second time over fears he could stoke anti-vaccination sentiment in the country. Although he again appealed the decision, it was upheld and he was forced to leave Australia and miss the tournament.
Restrictions for this year’s Australian Open – as well as several other tournaments – have been relaxed and Giorgi made her 2023 debut at the Adelaide International 2 on Saturday, losing in the qualifiers.
However, she will be in the main draw for the Melbourne Park Grand Slam as she is currently No 66 in the WTA Rankings.
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