Just 12 months after Novak Djokovic was expelled from Australia over his Covid vaccination stance, a leading Italian tennis player is under investigation for allegedly using a fake certificate.
Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi is under investigation over allegations she used a fake Covid vaccination card to continue playing on the WTA Tour and touring the world last year – including last year’s Australian Open.
Just 12 months after Novak Djokovic was expelled from Australia for entering the country without vaccination or with a valid exemption, it can be revealed that Giorgi allegedly entered the country with false documents in 2022 to attend the Australian Open in Melbourne to play.
Giorgi’s personal doctor Daniela Grillone, who was accused by Italian police in Vicenza last February of vaccinating hundreds of people with fake serums, has claimed the world number 66 has never been vaccinated after receiving a fake certificate from her for Covid had requested.
Italian newspaper la Repubblica broke the news two weeks ago that Giorgi was under investigation by Italian police for using a fake certificate, and now Dr. Grillone in an interview with a local newspaper confirmed that the 31-year-old never received the vaccine.
dr Grillone, 57, has been working with investigators who revealed their Venice operation at times had queues of people waiting for fake vaccinations as news of the scam broke.
Hundreds of doctors, nurses, police officers and business owners have been implicated in the scandal, including singer Madame, but one name the doctor particularly remembers is the tennis player who was an existing patient.
“The Giorgi family have been treated by me for a long time. Camila Giorgi suffered from what is known as tennis elbow. Just before the beginning of summer, she had come to ask about the possibility of obtaining false certificates on all mandatory vaccines, as well as the Covid vaccine,” Grillone told Italian daily Corriere del Veneto.
“I can confirm with absolute certainty that none of the vaccines against the Giorgi family were actually administered. I have not received any payment in this case.
“I am deeply upset and apologize for my action.”
Giorgi reached the third round of last year’s Australian Open, raking in $221,000 before losing in straight sets to eventual champion and world No. 1 Ash Barty.
The United States is the other country where vaccination is mandatory for entry. Giorgi competed in three tournaments in America, including the US Open, where she was eliminated in the second round by Madison Keys.
The Italian is currently in Australia but lost her Adelaide International qualifier on Saturday and turned down an interview request with News Corp made through the WTA.
She is registered to compete in the Australian Open, which starts next Monday in Melbourne.
The WTA is aware of the allegations and is monitoring the investigations by the Italian police.
“We are aware of the allegations and are currently monitoring the situation and any investigations that may be brought forward,” said a WTA spokesman.
The Home Office has been asked for comment following last year’s fiasco when Djokovic was arrested and deported after arriving in Melbourne for his invalid exemption.
The Home Office confirmed that Australia’s COVID-19 related border restrictions have been lifted under the Biosecurity Act 2015, including the requirement to demonstrate COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia. However, proving the submission of false documents could result in a person’s visa application being refused or canceled – as mentioned on their website.
“We may reject your visa application because it does not meet the public interest criterion (PIC) 4020 if you or any member of your family unit … have provided forged documents or information that is false and misleading, in relation to a visa that You possessed the 12 months prior to your current application.”
Originally published as Tennis News 2023: Italian star Camila Giorgi is said to have received a fake Covid vaccination card
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