Sam Querrey recently ended up in the eye of the storm for his escape from St. Petersburg after testing positive for COVID-19 along with his family members. Worried about having to stay long in a foreign country, the American giant has committed a serious violation of the health protocol, which could be sanctioned with a fine of 10,000 dollars accompanied by a disqualification of up to 3 years.
According to rumors of recent days, the ATP is furious at Querrey's behavior, whose defense has appeared as weak as it is inappropriate. Sam had just returned from a decent Roland Garros, which, however, ended with elimination in the first round.
Taking into account that the clay does not represent his ideal surface, the American had frightened Andrey Rublev forcing him to come back after a two-set and a break.
Querrey on the Big 3
“Probably two out of three sets would benefit me, but if I really think about it, I like the three-out-of-five,” Sam Querrey said.
“Without three-out-of-five we would have not had, on the men’s side, some of these amazing finals that we have had over the years. And the rivalries between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Federer-Djokovic and Novak Djokovic-Nadal wouldn’t have been great as they are with two-out-of-three sets.
Those are the matches that I remember most, those ones that go past 6-6,” Querrey said. “They’re fun in a way. They’re memorable, win or lose. Those are kind of the matches you always seem to talk about.
I’m still playing and I still talk about them. When you’re done you talk about them. And that’s the beauty of Grand Slam tennis. They’re three-out-of-five. In order to get through them it’s harder. What makes Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka so good is that they really just dominated those majors over the last 15 years”.
In a statement, the tournament said Querrey did not open the door to doctors who came to examine the family on Monday, saying his baby son was sleeping, and the family then left the hotel before a second scheduled examination the next day.
“Sam Querrey, as the hotel’s security cameras identified, left the hotel together with his family at 5:45am 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, citing information from the ATP Tour.
The ATP said it was investigating an incident at the tournament, but did not name Querrey. “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.