“Completely Contradicted”: Reilly Opelka Explains Mismanagement Involved in Sam Querrey’s Fleeing at St. Petersburg

Published 12/07/2020, 2:30 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 15, 2020 Sam Querrey of the U.S. reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pedro Martinez Portero Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


American tennis player Sam Querrey was all set to take part in the ATP 500 Masters at St. Petersburg held in October. During the build-up to the event, Sam tested positive for COVID-19. To add to the misery, even his wife and child fell victim to the coronavirus. 

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The Querrey’s did panic and fled the country on a private jet to go back home to America. Sam was living at the Four Seasons hotel. The tournament organizers had arranged for a doctor to pay him a visit at his hotel he was put up at. On a shocking note, the American had left the hotel uninformed. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 15, 2020 Sam Querrey of the U.S. in action during his first round match against Spain’s Pedro Martinez Portero Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Sam Querrey Was Happy to Quarantine at the Four Seasons Hotel

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Recently, while speaking to another American tennis player, Reilly Opelka elaborated on this issue. He said, “Well, the rule book said one thing, and the authorities said another. So that’s where the confusion came about. The statement released on that situation completely contradicted what was in writing that we had as players. The rule was, if anyone in their camp tests positive they would quarantine in the Four Seasons Hotel, which we were staying at, which Sam was more than happy to do.”

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Opelka also stated that Sam was ready to cooperate with the protocol issued. Reilly also indicated that things were done differently as to what they were told initially. 

The tall 6ft 11inches American said, “He was 100 percent ready to follow that guideline, and he came into the country with that assumption because that was always what was in writing. Had that been in writing, had it been proposed what was going to happen, then Sam wouldn’t have brought his family.”

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The event did go forward. Surprisingly, Reilly Opelka defeated Daniil Medvedev during the course of the tournament. However, the tournament was finally won by Andrey Rublev

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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