Sam Querrey accused of quarantine breach after positive COVID-19 test in Russia

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Sam Querrey of the United States plays a forehand during his Men's Singles first round match against Andrey Rublev of Russia on day three of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 29, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

American Sam Querrey was placed in quarantine by the Russian authorities after returning a positive COVID-19 test but the former Wimbledon semi-finalist left the country on a private plane, organisers of the St Petersburg Open said on Thursday.

The tournament organisers said Querrey, his wife and baby son tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday, a day before the main draw started.

The world number 49 was withdrawn from the competition and the family was asked to isolate together at a hotel.

In a statement, the tournament organisers said Querrey did not open the door for a doctor’s visit on Monday and the family left the hotel next day without informing the reception.

Men’s tennis body ATP on Wednesday released a statement to its players saying a “serious breach of protocol” had occurred at the tournament, but did not name Querrey.

“As Querrey told the ATP representative, he flew out of Russia on a private jet,” organisers, Formula TX, said in a statement here.