Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi has denied allegations she used a fake Covid-19 vaccination certificate to play in last year’s Australian Open and throughout 2022.
In a fiery response to reporters at the Australian Open, Giorgi and her father slammed the line of questioning while vehemently denying any allegations.
Fox Sports reports that the Italian’s personal doctor Daniel Grillone made the accusations that the world No. 66 was never actually vaccinated and had sought out a fake certificate.
Grillone was charged by police last February for vaccinating hundreds with fake serums.
Giorgi addressed the allegations following her first-round matchup at the Australian Open which finished in under an hour.
She told reporters: “No, not at all (did I seek false documents), because I did vaccination with different places.”
The Italian claimed she did ‘everything’ the Australian government had asked of her in order to compete.
Adding: “This needs to be very clear because it’s a big thing they say all around, and it’s not my problem. It’s her (the doctor’s) problem.”
The Herald Sun reports that Girogi’s father, Sergio was furious with the line of questioning from the media at the press conference.
He pushed reporters to focus on tennis and told journalists he ‘did not like your questions’ which were focused on her vaccination status.
Giorgi maintained that she had had no awareness of the doctor’s reputation and that the ‘trouble’ was not on her.
She said: “The doctor has been investigated, and she had troubles in this year with the law a few times.
“I just 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 ... she put my name (on her testimony), of course, but there is more than 300 people who she give their names, as well.”
The 31-year-old insisted that while she had received one vaccination from the doctor, she ‘did all the vaccination’ with other doctors.
Upon being pressed about the situation she firmly shut down the questioning with a sharp response.
She said: “I did the vaccination. Thank you.”
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