Tennis professional Sam Querrey leaves Russian Federation after a positive corona test

Tennis professional Sam Querrey leaves Russia after a positive corona test

Sam Querrey has allegedly fled from Russian Federation on a private jet with his family after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 33-year-old Querrey left St Petersburg with his wife Abby and nine-month-old son Ford following his removal from the ATP tournament being played in the city after an initial negative test on October 7 was followed by a positive test for him and "his family members" on October 11.

Instead Querrey, who was reportedly concerned government officials would require the family to quarantine at a hospital and possibly separate he and his wife from their son, flew out of Russian Federation on a private jet without submitting to a second test or completing quarantine.

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.

Russian officials then recommended to the tournament organizers that Querrey and his family should be moved from their hotel to "private apartments for self-isolation" but on October 13 Querrey was captured on hotel security footage leaving with his family at around 5:45 a.m. "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", a tournament statement said.

Querrey, who is ranked No. 40 on the tour, reportedly informed the ATP that he left the country on a private jet. He and his family then left the hotel prior to the second scheduled examination on Tuesday.

Tennis professional Sam Querrey leaves Russia after a positive corona test

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.

Querrey is entered in further events in the rest of the 2020 ATP Calendar, including the Paris-Bercy Masters beginning on October 31.

Rothenberg said the family are staying at an Airbnb in the unknown country. He was told that they would be assessed by a doctor and may be forcibly hospitalised if symptoms were visible.

Sam Querrey in action at the French Open, ahead of his St Petersburg Open controversy. They reportedly sat in the back of the jet to distance themselves from the pilot.

"In accordance with ATP's Code of Conduct, we are taking this matter extremely seriously and an investigation is underway".

Men's tennis body ATP on Wednesday released a statement to its players saying a "serious breach of protocol" had occurred at the tournament, but did not name Querrey.

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