American Querrey, ranked 49, was removed from the tournament on Monday after he, his wife and baby son all returned positive tests but, instead of quarantining, they left the country on a private jet.
"The Querrey's, who were experiencing what they considered mild symptoms, feared any or all being hospitalised in Russian Federation, especially so given that they were travelling with their eight-month-old son, from whom they did not want to be potentially separated in a foreign country", he added.
The player was set to take part in the ATP 500 St. Petersburg Open, but was forced to withdraw from the competition after receiving his Covid-19 test results.
The governing body, ATP has called the Querrey's actions a "serious breach" of their health protocols and said they "are taking this matter extremely seriously and an investigation is underway".
If the ATP deems the breach of protocol a "serious offence" after its investigation, Querrey could be fined up to $100,000 and/or suspended from the ATP for up to three years.
"The athlete never opened the door of his room - neither on October 12, which justified his refusal by the fact that his child was asleep, nor on October 13, despite prior agreement", the statement said.
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".
"A retest for Sam Querrey has been scheduled for Thursday October 15th".
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Under ATP health protocols, Querrey was told to isolate in his hotel room before plans were made for the family to move to a private apartment in the city.
- They flew to an undisclosed "nearby European country" that does not require a negative coronavirus test for entry, where they are now staying at an AirBnB.
"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 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said it was aware of Querrey's actions, which could lead to serious consequences, including a ban from competing.
Unsurprisingly, the tennis world was shocked by the revelations involving Querrey.
It is not known where Querrey and his family are now.
Commentator Jose Morgado responded to Rothenberg's menace with wide-eyes emojis, tennis author Nikhila Makker tweeted "huge yikes" and journalist Carole Bouchard wrote: "Sam Querrey did what!?"
Querrey tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, along with his wife and 8-month-old son. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.
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