Giorgi lines up Israel move

By Simon Griver, June 29, 2012

Wimbledon giant-killer Camila Giorgi is considering immigrating to Israel to help boost the country’s Federation Cup team.

Giorgi, an Italian currently living in France, stunned 16th seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round at Wimbledon earlier this week to inflict a 6-4, 6-3 defeat.

Aged 20, Giorgi came into the tournament ranked at 145, but after winning through the qualifying competition and claiming her first-ever grand slam victory, she will now move into the WTA top 100 for the first time in her career.

Meanwhile, reports in Israel claim that Giorgi’s father, Sergio, has been in talks with the Israel Tennis Federation on the financial terms for her immigration.

The deal is estimated to involve a $100,000 grant in return for a 30 per cent cut of her prize money over the next few years.

Giorgi, who is only the seventh highest ranked Italian player, would be eligible to play for Israel as soon as she assumed Israeli citizenship.

Last updated: 12:41pm, June 29 2012