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SBD/January 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
ATP Chief Brad Drewett Announces He Has ALS, Will Soon Step Down From Post
Published January 15, 2013
NO EASY TASK: SI.com's Jon Wertheim notes Drewett was "named to the position on Jan. 1, 2012," after the ATP parted ways with former Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant at the end of '11. Wertheim writes of Drewett, "Well-liked and even-tempered, he was viewed as a compromise candidate, a stay-the-course insider who was acceptable to the top players as well as the tournament directors." His brief "tenure was mixed." Drewett still did "not extract as much prize money from the Grand Slam tournaments -- especially the U.S. Open -- as the players would like." He also was "largely silent when the tournament representatives on the ATP Board turned down a unilateral prize money increase offered" by Indian Wells Tennis Garden Owner Larry Ellison. On the "other hand, Drewett won sizable concessions from the Australian Open -- which now has the largest purse in the sport -- and closed significant sponsorship deals and extensions" (SI.com, 1/15). The AP's Dennis Passa wrote Drewett's one year on the job "was not an easy one." Within days of taking the job, he was "forced to reduce tensions after rumors of a potential player strike surfaced at Melbourne Park." Most of the complaints were about "compensation for the lower-ranked players, and for increased prize money for the earlier rounds of Grand Slams, both of which have been addressed and improved at this year's Australian Open" (AP, 1/14).