ROME – Camila Giorgi risks being left off Italy's Olympic tennis squad for this year's Rio de Janeiro Games after severing ties with her national federation.
Italian Tennis Federation president Angelo Binaghi says, "The ITF rules say that players must be 'in good standing' with their federation to qualify for the games. For me right now Giorgi is not in good standing."
Last month, the 49th-ranked Giorgi announced in a brief statement that she was cutting relations with the federation and would not play on Italy's Fed Cup team for its World Group playoff against Spain, choosing to compete in qualifying for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, instead.
Binaghi also says that he sent a letter to Giorgi's father and coach, Sergio, seeking 160,000 euros ($180,000) for broken contracts.