Russian Tennis Tourney Says Infected American Fled on Jet

Russian Tennis Tourney Says Infected American Fled on Jet

American tennis player Sam Querrey has been accused of fleeing Russian Federation after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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. "The tournament arranged the visit of a doctor on two occasions but the sportsman never opened the door", ATP said in its statement. The family left before an exam scheduled for Tuesday. The tournament said Querrey was withdrawn from the St. Petersburg Open and he and his family were asked to isolate together inside their hotel, The Guardian reported. The 33-year-old told an ATP representative that he was leaving Russian Federation in a private jet, and the tournament management was then also informed.

If found guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, Sam Qurrey is likely to face a fine of $100,000 and a possible three-year ban.

Rospotrebnadzor then recommended the Querreys move from the hotel to a private apartment "so that the family would not feel inconvenience and would not pose a threat of infection".

The ATP has issued a message to players following the incident, stressing that it is critical players adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

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"The ATP representative passed on this information to the tournament management after the doctors made a repeat abortive attempt to examine the family". They reportedly do not plan to reveal their whereabouts, even to the health authorities of the country in which they are staying.

Rothenberg reported the Querreys are staying at an Air BnB within the unknown nation, and so they don't intend to disclose their whereabouts.

The ATP Tour reacted with consternation on Wednesday after a player - believed to be the American former world No11 Sam Querrey - committed a "serious breach" of Covid-19 protocols at the St Petersburg Open. "It is the power of the ATP to evaluate and assess the actions of the player Sam Querry". 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.

"According to the ATP regulations and the sanitary protocol of the tournament, all arriving players are required to pass the Covid-19 test and only if they receive a negative result can they come to the stadium, get accredited, start preparing for the tournament and participate in it".

The ATP is definitely taking the matter seriously and are running an investigation.

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