Many regard Sam Querrey as the United States’ next leading player, including Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. But clearly the 22 year-old from California still has some growing up to do after showing his immaturity by turning his back on the French Open.
Querrey’s singles campaign at Roland Garros ended at the first hurdle for the fourth year in succession even though he built up for the clay court Grand Slam by winning the fourth singles title of his career in Belgrade three weeks ago.
But regardless of also reaching Rome’s doubles final alongside John Isner, he left his regular partner in the lurch by formally withdrawing and booking the first available flight home to Los Angeles.
Querrey blamed mental fatigue after spending five straight weeks in Europe for both his 4‑6, 7‑6, 6‑4, 6‑2 demise to fellow American Robbie Ginepri and his decision to quit the doubles without playing a match.
“The main thing is I didn't enjoy myself on the court,” said Querrey who was seeded 18th in the singles and 12th in the doubles with Isner. “I wanted off the court.
“I just need to just be in a better mood or just need to enjoy the competition and enjoy being out there more than I do.”
Querrey insisted he lost his desire after going down in the second set tiebreak and then having his serve broken immediately in the first game of the third set. “I started thinking about leaving and pulling out of the doubles and how much I wanted to go home, “said the player who is next scheduled to play the AEGON Championships beginning at London’s Queen’s Club on June 7.
He talked the situation through with coach David Nainkin and Isner before officially confirming his withdrawal with the tournament referee. “You're never going to win a match if you're just being negative,” concluded Querrey. “I'm only hurting myself.”
The victorious Ginepri saw it as simply a bad day for his countryman. “Think he was just a little burned out today,” he said. “He’s been over here a long time and I hope that he’ll learn from this.”
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