Camila Girogi is currently Italy’s top female tennis player and the world’s best female Jewish tennis player, hands down. The Italian Jewish athlete made her professional debut in 2006, and is still competing on the women’s tour.
Here are 18 things to know about Camila Girogi:
1. Camila was born in Macerata, Italy, to Jewish parents Sergio Giorgi and Claudia Gabriella Fullone. Both her parents are Argentines of Italian descent from La Plata, Argentina.
2. Her dad Sergio fought in the Falklands War in 1982 and is now Camila’s coach. Her mom, Claudia, is a fashion designer.
3. Camila began playing tennis at age 5 at a local club, being introduced to tennis by Sergio.
4. She has two brothers, Leandro and Amadeus; her sister, Antonela, tragically died in a car accident in Paris in 2011.
5. She made her professional debut in 2006, and in 2011, played her first WTA main draw at Wimbledon. She lost in the first round.
6. In 2012, she broke the top 100 in rankings for the first time, making it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, eventually losing to the #3 seed.
8. In 2021, she made it to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics and won the Canada Masters in Montreal — her first WTA 1000 title, and the biggest win of her career. She was unseeded in Montreal.
9. Her favorite surface is hard court, but her best result in a Grand Slam tournament is the Wimbledon (grass court) quarterfinals.
10. Her mom designs her tennis outfits.
11. Camila has a fashion brand called Giomila, offering luxury sportswear for women (we’re guessing she works on it with her mom).
13. Honestly, her Instagram feed looks more like that of an influencer than a top athlete. Props to her:
14. “Fashion has always been my great passion. I like sports a lot, but I like fashion more. An obsession that has been passed on to me since I was a child,” Camila said. “My mom always tells me as long as you can show your body take advantage, because afterwards you can’t do it!”
15. She has a doberman named Rush:
He seems to have a great life:
16. Her career high ranking is world no. 26 in October 2018.
17. Her favorite book is “The Diary of Anne Frank,” because “the book moved me because I am Jewish, but also because she was such a good person who saw the good in people.”
18. “I love my life. I want to do well in tennis, but tennis is just my work,” Giorgi said. “In the end, I know my family loves me and I enjoy art, the museums and stores, so my life is in balance.”