The ATP decided a suspended fine of $ 20,000 (16,267 euros), conditional on a six-month probation period, against tennis player Sam Querrey, after his violation of anti-Covid-19 protocols during the tournament of St. Petersburg in October. Querrey, 53rd player in the world, had left Russia with his wife and their nine-month-old son aboard a private jet despite testing positive for the new coronavirus, as ATP health protocols wanted him to isolate himself in his hotel until an apartment is found for him in the city. The ATP “found that Mr. Querrey’s conduct was contrary to the integrity of the game” as defined in its code of conduct. But “taking into consideration his many years of good attitude and other mitigating factors, the fine is suspended and will be lifted (if) Mr. Querrey does not commit any other violation of the health and safety protocols linked to the Covid- 19 during a probationary period of six months ”.
The 33-year-old American had to withdraw from St. Petersburg after positive tests of him and “members of his family” for Covid-19 on October 11. Officials’ attempts to talk about his health had failed: Querrey “never opened the door to his hotel room” and left Russia at dawn.