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Sam Querrey faces sanction after fleeing Russian Federation despite testing positive for coronavirus

Sam Querrey faces sanction after fleeing Russian Federation despite testing positive for coronavirus”

In an email to players and members, the ATP said: '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.

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.

Querrey may be facing severe sanctions from the ATP, including a fine up to $100,000 and a lengthy disqualification of up to three years. - Showing mild symptoms and not wanting to be moved to a hospital for two weeks, Querrey and his family fled Russian Federation on a private jet early one morning prior to a visit from a doctor. The tournament said Querrey was withdrawn from the St. Petersburg Open and he and his family were asked to isolate together inside their hotel, The Guardian reported.

Doctors then attempted to examine the family on Monday but Mr Querrey did not open the door for them, saying his baby son was sleeping, the St Petersburg Open wrote in a statement.

The ATP has issued a message to players following the incident, stressing that it is critical players adhere to COVID-19 protocols. The dialogue between the player and the Tour Manager of the tournament brought no results.

"As recommended by the local Rospotrebnadzor and provided the course of the disease is asymptomatic, it was supposed to transfer Querrey from the hotel to private apartments for self-isolation so that the family wouldn't experience any inconvenience nor pose a threat of disease dissemination".

Sam Querrey and an escape from Russia that could have consequences

"The tournament organizing committee has done it all to ensure the safety of all the players".

Querrey was to undergo another Covid-19 test on Thursday.

"However, instead of acting in accordance with the ATP rules and the tournament sanitary protocol, at 5.45 AM on October 13, Sam Querrey along with his family left the hotel without informing the reception - as was filmed by the hotel security cameras". 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. The tournament says it's now up to to the ATP to take action in Querrey's case. "The ATP has the power to evaluate and access the actions of Sam Querrey", quoted the ATP.

It is likely that the ATP would punish the American player.

It is not immediately know where Querrey went, but journalist Ben Rothenberg reported that he traveled to a "nearby European country" which does not require a negative test upon entry.

"He's staying at an AirBNB in said unknown country". 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.

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