Sam Querrey Faces Three-Year Ban For Breaking Rules
Oct 18 2020
American tennis player Sam Querrey fled Russian Federation in a private jet despite testing positive for coronavirus and being ordered to quarantine, officials claimed Thursday.
The tournament said Querrey and his wife tested positive Sunday, the day before main draw play started.
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.
Images from the hotel's surveillance cameras show the family when they rushed to leave on October 13 at 5:45 a.m.
"Rospotrebnadzor recommended that the tournament organizing committee, in addition to isolating the player, make a medical report on the state of health of Sam Querrey and his family members".
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. On the day of arrival, October 7, Sam Querrey and his wife passed the test. The ATP Tour has acknowledged Querrey's reported actions and launched an investigation, fuming at what supposedly went down.
"Under ATP regulations, the organizing committee is to communicate with the players via the ATP Tour Manager on all issues arising during a tournament".
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.
Commentator Jose Morgado responded to Rothenberg's menace with wide-eyes emojis, tennis author Nikhila Makker tweeted "huge yikes" and journalist Carole Bouchard wrote: "Sam Querrey did what!?"
The family sat "in the back of their hired jet so as to keep as distant as possible from pilots", Mr Rothenberg reported.
The tournament said that having followed the recommended protocols, it was up to the ATP to decide if Querrey should face a sanction.
"Players and their support team members are reminded that breaches of protocols can jeopardise and event's ability to operate and have repercussions on the rest of the Tour".
"Adhering to health and safety protocols is critical to ensure events take place safely within the guidelines established by local authorities".
Per the ATP, a breach of COVID-19 rules could also be deemed a violation of the code of conduct beneath the "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" part of the rulebook. He added that the family is staying at an AirBnb.