Top Italian female tennis player Camila Giorgi has denied allegations that she obtained a false COVID-19 vaccine certificate to allow her to travel.
A doctor is under investigation in Italy for supplying false certificates and fake vaccines and Giorgi’s name was revealed in a long list of people implicated by an Italian newspaper.
After her 6-0, 6-1 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open on Tuesday, Giorgi confirmed that she had visited the doctor but said she had done nothing wrong.
“I just did all my vaccination in different places, so the trouble is hers, not mine,” she said. “So with that, I’m very calm. Of course, if not, I couldn’t come here and play this tennis, I think.”
Giorgi said she was vaccinated by the Italian doctor, and by medical officials in countries elsewhere.
Her father, Sergio Giorgi, sat at the back of the interview room on Tuesday at Melbourne Park and when the media conference ended, he said: “Unbelievable, no questions about tennis.”
Ahead of the tournament, Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said he was not fully aware of the fake certificate claims.