London - Police in London are investigating allegations that a young tennis
player was poisoned while competing at this year's Wimbledon, a British
newspaper reported on Thursday.
Gabriella Taylor, 18, withdrew from the Girls' Singles competition in July and spent four days in intensive care.
Police are now investigating whether she was deliberately poisoned, The Telegraph newspaper said.
Taylor was reportedly diagnosed with Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread by animals.
rare infection typically comes with flu-like symptoms, although in
severe cases it can lead to internal bleeding and organ failure.
The player's mother, Milena Taylor, said in the run-up to the tennis tournament her daughter had been physically well.
was full of confidence and was looking forward to getting the title;
that was her dream. Everything was going well," she told The Telegraph.
got to the quarter-final, but then the next thing she is lying in
intensive care close to death. When the infection team explained what it
was we could not believe it."
Police told AFP they were
investigating an allegation of poisoning with intent to endanger life or
cause grievous bodily harm, describing the victim only as an
"The victim was taken ill on July 6. It is
unknown where or when the poison was ingested," a police spokesperson said
in a statement, adding that no arrests had been made.
A Wimbledon spokesperson told AFP that as it was a police matter, "it would not be appropriate for us to comment".
spokesman for the championships previously told The Telegraph that
Wimbledon had not been approached by police about the probe.
club had no record of Taylor using her catering pass to eat on site
during the championships, the spokesman told the newspaper.
mother said her daughter's drinks were often left unattended in the
players' lounge, speculating that someone could have contaminated her
A spokesman from Southampton General Hospital confirmed that Taylor had been discharged last month.
Taylor has since returned to training.
"So happy to be back on court!! Taking it step by step!" she tweeted on Wednesday.
Taylor is currently ranked 381st in the world by the Women's Tennis Association.