Thanks to years of good standing on the ATP tour, Sam Querrey will be permitted to begin his 2021 season at next week’s Delray Beach Open.
Querrey, who fled the St. Petersburg Open in mid-October with his wife and then eight-month old son after testing positive for COVID-19, received a suspended fine of $20,000 the men’s tour announced Wednesday. The American will be on probation for the first six months of the year after the ATP’s investigation found that “Querrey’s conduct to be contrary to the integrity of the game under the Player Major Offense provision in the ATP Code of Conduct.”
The fine will be lifted if the former Wimbledon semifinalist does not violate coronavirus health and safety protocols. Querrey, yet to comment on the incident publicly, has five days to appeal the judgment.
The 33-year-old is one of five Americans currently entered in Delray Beach. The ATP 250 event begins main-draw action on January 7. Querrey hasn't played since losing from two sets and 5-2 up against Andrey Rublev in the first round of Roland Garros.