Sam Querrey given suspended fine of £14,700 by ATP for Covid-19 breach

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Sam Querrey has been hit with a suspended fine of 20,000 US dollars (£14,700) for his breach of coronavirus protocols at the St Petersburg Open in September.

The American covertly left Russia two days after testing positive for Covid-19, tournament organisers said.

Querrey, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, was removed from the tournament after he, his wife and baby son all returned positive tests.

But instead of quarantining, the family left the country on a private jet.

An ATP statement read: “The ATP has concluded its investigation regarding Sam Querrey, initiated following a breach of COVID-19 protocol at the 2020 St Petersburg Open.

“The investigation reviewed the full circumstances surrounding the incident and concluded Mr Querrey’s conduct to be contrary to the integrity of the game under the Player Major Offence provision in the ATP Code of Conduct. As a result, the ATP has issued a fine of $20,000.

“Taking into consideration Mr Querrey’s many years of otherwise good standing with the ATP and other mitigating factors, the fine is suspended and will be lifted subject to Mr Querrey committing no further breaches of health and safety protocols related to COVID-19 within a probationary six-month period.

“The player has five days to appeal the decision, should he choose to do so.”

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