Camila Giorgi attempted to answer allegations that she and her family had obtained falsified proofs of vaccination against COVID-19 following her 2023 Australian Open first-round win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.
The former world No. 26, who speaks limited English, was asked multiple questions in her post-match press conference about claims made by disgraced Dr. Daniela Grillone, who was arrested last year for administering false COVID-19 vaccines.
“I just did all my vaccination in different places,” said Giorgi, who claimed she had received only one alleged dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Grillone. “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, I think.”
Giorgi denied repeated efforts to clarify whether she had used documents provided by Grillone to enter the country—and whether the vaccines she claimed to have received were explicitly for COVID-19—arguing that her very presence in the country meant she had behaved above board with Australian immigration officials.
“I did just once vaccination with her, and the other ones I did with other doctors. So, I’m fine, and…she’s in trouble with the law in Italy. So, after it’s she’s going to see.”
These allegations come a year after Australia’s own Alex de Minaur denied similar allegations of obtaining falsified COVID-19 vaccine documents as part of a larger investigation into a hospital in Spain.
“I want to make it 100% clear that I received my second shot, that I have a completely valid, accurate and true vaccination record,” De Minaur wrote on Twitter in February.
Giorgi, whose family has in the past been accused of stiffing former coaches and benefactors, will next face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova for a spot in the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.