LONDON • American Sam Querrey, who was sanctioned by the ATP Tour for breaching Covid-19 protocols on the St Petersburg Open in October, has defended his actions, saying he did what he felt was proper as a father and a husband.
The world No. 56 left Russia in a personal jet along with his spouse and child son in spite of everything three examined optimistic for the virus earlier than the beginning of the tennis event, sneaking out of their resort early within the morning with out informing reception.
The ATP final week handed him a suspended US$20,000 (S$26,300) high quality which shall be lifted if Querrey doesn’t commit additional breaches of well being and security protocols associated to Covid-19 inside a probationary six-month interval.
“I… needed to decide between 10pm and 10am the following day,” he informed Sports activities Illustrated.
“I had my spouse there, and I had my child there, and as a human choice, I used to be like, ‘Hey, I do not really feel snug with this.’ So we made the choice to constitution a aircraft and go away.”
Querrey, 33, mentioned he was able to quarantine within the event resort for 2 weeks after testing optimistic however after two days, he was informed he was not welcome on the resort and medical doctors would decide in the event that they needed to quarantine in a hospital as a substitute.
He added the dearth of readability made it essential for him, his spouse, and their seven-month-old son to fly to London and quarantine at an Airbnb lodging.
“I felt as a father and a husband, there is a human factor to this and I needed to do what I really feel like is true,” Querrey mentioned, including that the flight value him over US$40,000 whereas he additionally needed to pay for the two-week keep in London.
“I wasn’t keen to let our household go to a hospital for at least two weeks the place we had been at.”
The media protection of the incident, nevertheless, left him “annoyed”. He mentioned: “It made it look like I simply obtained Covid and bounced. I did not really feel the way it was portrayed after that was honest.”