Sam Querrey runs away in a private jet with a virus

Sam Querrey and his wife Abby in 2016 (Photo by Kevin Lee / Getty Images)

Sam Querrey is at the center of a major controversy after he allegedly fled Russia on a private jet after testing positive for coronavirus.

The American tennis star withdrew from the ATP event in St. Petersburg on Monday after he and his family tested positive.

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But in what ATP calls a “serious breach of protocol,” Querrey allegedly fled the country in a private jet with his wife Abby and their eight-month-old son Ford.

In a wild Twitter thread, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg exposed the incredible saga.

After testing positive, the Querreys were reportedly ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days at the Four Seasons hotel in St. Petersburg where they were staying.

Sam Querrey, pictured here in action at Roland-Garros 2020.

Sam Querrey in action at Roland-Garros. (Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)

But they then reportedly received a call from a representative of Russian health authorities who said a doctor would visit to examine them.

If the family exhibited any symptoms – they would have experienced what they thought were mild symptoms – they would face forced hospitalization.

At that point, supposedly out of fear of staying in hospital and being separated from their baby in a foreign country, Querrey allegedly organized a private jet to secretly take his family across the Russian border. .

They would have sat in the back of the jet to distance themselves from the pilot.

They are now hiding in an Airbnb in an unknown European country, according to Rothenberg.

Rothenberg reports they landed in “a neighboring European country” that doesn’t require a negative test for entry, and now end up in an Airbnb.

They would not intend to reveal their whereabouts, even to the health authorities of the country in which they are staying.

ATP has since issued a statement to its players saying that a “serious protocol violation” had occurred, and said such a violation could “endanger the ability of an event to function and have repercussions on the rest of the Tour “.

A violation of COVID-19 regulations could be considered a violation of the ATP Code of Conduct in the “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” section.

If an indiscretion is serious enough, it may fall under the “major offense of conduct contrary to the integrity of the game”.

“If ATP judges that Sam Querrey’s protocol violates a serious and possibly tour-damaging violation, which his email implies, he could be fined up to $ 100,000 and / or suspended from ATP for up to three years, ”tennis writer Tumaini Carayol wrote on Twitter.

Medvedev and Wawrinka advance at ATP event

Meanwhile, seeded Daniil Medvedev has recovered from a difficult start to start his St. Petersburg Open title defense with a 3-6 6-3 6-0 win over Richard Gasquet.

Medvedev hit 22 aces to secure his first victory since losing to Dominic Thiem in the US Open semifinals, after losing in the first round at Hamburg and Roland Garros.

Medvedev hosted a second round match with Reilly Opelka, who took a 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over qualifier Nino Serdarusic.

Stan Wawrinka booked his spot for the quarter-finals with a 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory over Evgeny Donskoy, a wildcard who has now been to the St Petersburg tournament 12 times without ever making it past the second round.

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