SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – American tennis player Sam Querrey was quarantined by Russian authorities after testing positive for the coronavirus and then left the country on a private flight, organizers of the St. Petersburg Open reported Thursday.
The tournament confirmed that Querrey and his wife yielded positive results on Sunday, a day before the start of the contest. They had tested negative when they arrived in Russia four days earlier. Querrey was removed from the painting and his family was asked to remain isolated in a hotel.
The organizers indicated that Querrey refused to open the door to the doctors who came to examine the family on Monday, assuring that their baby was sleeping. The family proceeded to leave the hotel prior to a second examination that had been scheduled for the following day.
“Sam Querrey, as shown by the hotel security cameras, left the hotel with his family at 5.45 am on October 13 without notifying the reception. As Querrey communicated to an ATP representative, he left Russia with his family in a private plane, ”said the tournament, citing information from the ATP tour.
The ATP said it is investigating an incident at the tournament, but did not identify Querrey.
“The ATP is aware of an incident about a serious breach of the COVID-19 protocol at the St. Petersburg Open that takes place this week,” the circuit said. “Complying with the health and safety protocols is imperative so that the tournaments can be held under the regulations established by local authorities.”
The ATP recalled that breaching the protocols may have repercussions for other tournaments on the circuit.
“According to the ATP Code of Conduct, we take this matter very seriously and we have opened an investigation,” he said.
A spokesperson for Querrey, number 49 on the ranking, did not immediately respond to a query about the situation.