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St. Petersburg: Querrey Blew Off Second Test


Sam Querrey fled Russia after declining to take a required second Coronavirus test on a couple of occasions, St. Petersburg tournament officials announced today.

Querrey traveled to Russia with wife Abby and their eight-month-old son Ford to play the St. Petersburg Open.

More: Sam Querrey Flees Russia in COVID-19 Panic

Prior to his first-round match, Querrey, his wife and their young son all tested positive for Coronavirus prompting the tournament to pull him from the field. New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg reports the Querrey family, experiencing “mild symptoms” of the virus, were required to quarantine for 14 days in their room at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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 Russia on a private jet without submitting to a second test or completing quarantine.

The tournament said Querrey was scheduled to take a second Coronavirus test today, Thursday, but is spotted on hotel security video leaving the Four Seasons at 5:45 a.m. on October 13th without notifying reception.

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After leaving the hotel, Querrey booked a private plane for his wife and son flying out of Russia to a nearby country that did not require a COVID-19 negative test for entry.

Tournament officials say Querrey initially agreed to a second test on October 12th but did not open his hotel room door when the doctor arrived citing his sleeping child. The test was rescheduled for October 13th but Querrey again did not open his door, according to the tournament. The tournament said it was preparing to transfer Querrey's family to private apartments for quarantine. 

St. Petersburg Open Statement on Sam Querrey:

"As recommended by the local Rospotrebnadzor and provided the course of the disease is asymptomatic it was supposed to transfer Querry 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.

"To that end, the organizing committee had prepared premium-class apartments. A repeat test for Sam Querry was scheduled on Thursday, October 15, however instead of acting in accordance with the ATP rules and the tournament sanitary protocol, at 5.45 AM on October 13, Sam Querry along with his family left the hotel without informing the reception – as was filmed by the hotel security cameras. As Querry told the ATP representative, he flew out of Russia on a private jet. The ATP representative passed on this information to the tournament management after the doctors made a repeat abortive attempt to examine the family."




Testing was rescheduled for today, but the Querrey family left the hotel at 5:45 a.m. on October 13th, tournament officials say. The tournament says it's now up to to the ATP to take action in Querrey's case.

"The tournament organizing committee has done it all to ensure the safety of the players, the ATP representatives and all the services of the tournament," the St. Petersburg Open tournament committee said. "It is the power of the ATP to evaluate and assess the actions of the player Sam Querry.

"We are satisfied with the interaction with the organs of Rospotrebnadzor of St. Petersburg and with the continuation of the tournament in accordance with adopted Standards."

Photo credit: @mensclaycourt




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