The ATP announced today that their CEO Brad Drewett will step down from his position as he battles ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The 54-year-old Drewett was named CEO just over a year ago. Drewett was a former Top 40 singles player winning two titles and reaching a career high ranking of No. 34.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Executive Chairman and President of the ATP, an organization that I’ve been a part of for more than 35 years since I became a professional tennis player,” said Drewett in a release. “I hold the ATP very close to my heart, and it’s with sadness that I make the decision to enter this transition period due to my ill-health.”
Roger Federer, President of the ATP Player Council, said: “Brad has become a good friend of mine over the years and this is very sad news for all of us at the ATP and the entire tennis community. He is well liked and respected by everyone and has done a tremendous job in leading the ATP over the past 12 months, overseeing some major initiatives and a record-breaking year in 2012. His dedication and service to the sport over the years has been truly admirable and he has been a central figure in helping to grow the ATP product across the globe. Our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
Drewett has been part of the ATP for more than 35 years, as a player, ATP Player Council member, ATP Player Board member, as CEO of the International Region, Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and most recently as the ATP Executive Chairman and President for the last 12 months.
During his tenure as CEO, Drewett was dealing with a sticky prize money issue, both with the Slams and with the Indian Wells tournament who’s offer to increase the purse was denied.
No word on who will replace Drewett. Richard Krajicek was also seeking the position when Drewett was announced.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brad and his family.
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