Alex de Minaur has vehemently rejected a report that he is being investigated for buying a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination certificate in Europe.
The Australian men’s No. 1 player took to social media on Thursday to make it “100% clear” that his two vaccination shots were “valid, accurate and true”.
His response came after a media report in Spain, where he is based in Alicante during the European season, which claimed that he was among those investigated for buying a forged certificate to circumvent vaccinations.
“Hello everyone. I would like to write a quick message here to avoid any misunderstanding regarding a report that is in the Spanish media about my vaccination certificate,” de Minaur wrote on Twitter. “I received my first dose of the vaccine in London last summer, and the second at La Paz Hospital in Madrid.
“There was news today that the hospital is under investigation for providing counterfeit covid certificates to some of its patients.
“I want to make it 100% clear that I received my second shot, that I have a completely valid, accurate and true vaccination record.
“Everyone around me, including my family, is fully vaccinated.
“I am not ‘under investigation’ in any way as it is being suggested, and my name is associated with this story, simply because I was a patient in the hospital (as many thousands of others were).”
Spanish police told the AFP news agency on Thursday that the name of the 23-year-old de Minaur was among athletes and other prominent people who had appeared on a list of alleged buyers.
The world No. 32 played in his home Australian Open last month, where vaccination was mandatory, reaching the final 16.
Police in Spain have reportedly investigated the Spanish branch of an organization that provided false COVID and PCR passports through messaging applications.
The ATP Tour rules that submitting a forged COVID-19 vaccination registration is punishable by a fine of up to $ US100,000 ($ AU $ 140,000) and suspension from its tournaments for a period of up to three years.
De Minaur had to withdraw from last year’s Olympics in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19, where Sydneysider was “crushed” by his withdrawal.
After his infection, it took him time to get back to something resembling his most convincing form, but his best Australian Open race ever and a race to the quarter-finals of an ATP tournament in Rotterdam last week suggested he return at its best.