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Sam Querrey, his wife and eight-month-old son fled Russia after testing positive for coronavirus

Sam Querrey, his wife and eight-month-old son fled Russia after testing positive for coronavirus

American tennis professional Sam Querrey, after a positive corona test at the ATP tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, accompanied by his wife Abby and his nine-month-old son Ford, pulled away with an unknown goal.

After testing positive, the tennis player and his family were asked to isolate together in a hotel room.

However, officials claim that attempts to check on the health of Querrey, his wife and baby were thwarted. When doctors went to check on them Monday, Querrey said his son was sleeping and wouldn't open the door, the tournament said.

Nevertheless, Sam Querrey's response after testing optimistic to COVID-19 takes the cake.

"Sam Querrey, as the hotel's security cameras identified, left the hotel together with his family at 5:45 a.m. on October 13 without informing the reception service". 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 incident could certainly make it more hard for the ATP to gain future exemptions from governments, which are often required for events to be staged.

Though the ATP did not name Sam Querrey, it mentioned of a "serious breach of protocol by a player" at the St. Petersburg Open.

Querrey arrived in St Petersburg having been knocked out in the first round at Roland Garros by Russia's Andrey Rublev.

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According to a tweet posted Wednesday by New York Times tennis correspondent Ben Rothenberg, the Querreys, "who were experiencing what they considered mild symptoms, feared any or all being hospitalized in Russian Federation, especially so given that they were traveling with their eight-month-old son, from whom they did not want to be potentially separated in a foreign country".

"If the ATP deem Sam Querrey's protocol breach a significant offense and probably injurious to the tour, which is what their electronic mail implies, he could possibly be fined as much as $100ok and/or suspended from the ATP for a interval of as much as three years", tennis author for The Guardian, Tumaini Carayol, wrote on Twitter. They were dropped off in a "nearby European country" that required no negative coronavirus test for entry.

The family sat at the back of the jet to avoid exposing the pilots to the virus and are now staying in an AirBnB.

Violations of the latter can result in a player being fined or even banned for years.

"Adhering to health and safety protocols is critical to ensure events take place safely and within guidelines established by local authorities", an ATP statement said.

On Wednesday, the ATP sent an e-mail to its players saying that a "serious breach of protocol" had occurred regarding the Querrey incident and said that such a breach could "jeopardize an event's ability to operate and have repercussions on the rest of the Tour".

Mr Querrey now ranks 49th in the world.

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