Querrey accused of leaving Russia on private plane despite positive test

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Sam Querrey could face significant discipline for fleeing a country after testing positive for COVID-19.

American tennis star Sam Querrey is facing a three-year ban from the sport after fleeing Russian Federation following a positive test for COVID-19.

"The tournament organizing committee has done it all to ensure the safety of the players, the ATP representatives and all the services of the tournament", the St. Petersburg Open tournament committee said.

Querrey's positive test meant that had to pull out of his first-round match against Denis Shapovalov, and the situation was further complicated when his wife Abby and eight-month-old son Ford - who were travelling with him - also tested positive. Another test was to be carried out on Thursday, but by then the Querreys had already ended the 14-day quarantine in the hotel on their own initiative. But then a wrench was thrown into the works.

They may include a fine of up to $100,000 or a suspension of up to three years. He was told that they would be assessed by a doctor and may be forcibly hospitalised if symptoms were visible. On October 11, Sam Querrey and his family tested positive.

"A retest for Sam Querrey has been scheduled for Thursday October 15th". The family left before an exam scheduled for Tuesday. They were dropped off in a "nearby European country" that required no negative coronavirus test for entry.

At that point, supposedly out of fear of the hospital stay and being separated from their infant son in a foreign country, Querrey reportedly arranged for a private jet to secretly take his family across the Russian border.

Under ATP health protocols, Querrey was told to isolate in his hotel room before plans were made for the family to move to a private apartment in the city.

The ATP launched an announcement this morning saying it was conscious of a participant's "critical breach of protocol" and is "taking this matter extraordinarily significantly and an investigation is underway".

Violating the latter may end up in a participant being considerably fined and even banned for 3 years.

Repetitive or blatant breaches of COVID-19 precautionary measures may be considered a violation of the ATP code of conduct, or the "major offence of conduct contrary to the integrity of the game", depending on the severity of the violation. The Guardian tennis writer Tumaini Carayol wrote on Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, the tennis world was baffled by the revelations with Querrey. The tournament said it was preparing to transfer Querrey's family to private apartments for quarantine.

Organizers of the St. Petersburg Open issued a statement Thursday confirming that Querrey was disqualified from the tournament on October 11 after he and his wife tested positive - four days after their initial arrival where they had previously tested negative.

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