Current world number 49 Sam Querrey faces serious consequences after fleeing together with his family from a first-class hotel in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, following a positive COVID-19 test. Querrey was getting ready for the ATP 250 event held in the same city.
The whole story started on October 7 when Querrey and his wife were tested for COVID-19 on their arrival in St. Petersburg. The result was negative. But, 4 days after, the couple were tested again, and this time they weren’t so lucky.
The result was positive, and so was the confirming second test they took on the same day. As a consequence, Sam Querrey and his family were isolated in a “Four Seasons” hotel room. The American was, obviously, disqualified from the St.
Petersburg Open. On October 12, medics have knocked on Sam Querrey’s door, but the Wimbledon semi-finalist refused to open the door because “his child was sleeping”, per the tournament’s official statement.
Then, on October 13, after another failed attempt from the doctors to consult Querrey’s family, Sam and his family sneaked out of the hotel. “Sam Querrey, as the hotel’s security cameras identified, left the hotel together with his family at 5:45 AM on October 13 without informing the reception service.
As Querrey told an ATP representative, he left Russia with his family on a private plane,” the tournament said, quoting information from ATP Tour.
Sam Querrey used a private jet to fly out of Russia
“The ATP is aware of an incident regarding a player’s serious breach of protocol relating to Covid-19 at this week’s St Petersburg Open,” the tour said.
“Adhering to health and safety protocols is critical to ensure events take place safely and within the guidelines established by local authorities. Players and their support team members are reminded that breaches of protocol can jeopardize an event’s ability to operate and have repercussions on the rest of the Tour.
In accordance with ATP’s Code of Conduct, we are taking this matter extremely seriously and an investigation is underway”. In line with the same code of conduct, Sam Querrey risks to receive a fine of up to $100,000 and a three years long suspension if his deed will prove to be a “serious offence” to the health safety system.
This could very much end the American’s career as he is now 33 years old. Sam Querrey is yet to step forward regarding this matter.