Sam Querrey flees Russia in private plane with his circle of relatives after testing positive for COVID-19

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United States tennis player Sam Querrey tested positive for COVID-19 in Russia on Sunday and used to be placed in isolation, but then left the country on a private plane when the St. Petersburg Open began, organizers of the tournament said on Thursday. According to the Associated Press, Querry and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19 on Sudnay, 24 hours ahead of the first round of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

“Sam Querrey, as the hotel’s security cameras identified, left the hotel at the side of his circle of relatives at 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 13 without informing the reception service. As Querrey told an ATP representative, he left Russia with his circle of relatives on a private plane,” tournament organizers told the AP.

The twosome had tested negative final week when they arrived in Russia. Following the positive test, Querrey withdrew from the St. Petersburg Open and then, after being told he had to isolate, fled the country altogether on Tuesday with his wife and their eight-month-old son, Ford. In the future before he left Russia with his circle of relatives, tournament officials claimed Querrey wouldn’t let doctors into his hotel room to inspect him. Doctors tried to go into his room for a second examination on Tuesday, but Querrey used to be in a foreign country at that point.

New York Times tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg wrote in a Twitter thread that Querrey and his wife chose to flee Russia because they feared being hospitalized and separated from their young son:

According to Rothenberg, Querrey’s plan is to retain his circle of relatives’s location unknown to the public for now.

The ATP has said they’re currently having a look into “an incident” at the St. Petersburg Open that involves “a player’s serious breach of protocol with regards to COVID-19.” Then again, Querrey isn’t mentioned in the observation. 

“The ATP is aware of an incident regarding a player’s serious breach of protocol with regards to COVID-19 at this week’s St. Petersburg Open,” the ATP said. “Adhering to health and safety protocols is critical to verify events take place safely and inside the guidelines established by native authorities. Players and their reinforce team members are reminded that breaches of protocol can jeopardize an event’s ability to function and have repercussions on the remainder of the Tour. In accordance with ATP’s Code of Conduct, we are taking this matter extremely seriously and an investigation is underway.”

Querrey is currently ranked as the 49th-best mens tennis player on the earth and has a 372-304 career record as a unmarried competitor.

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