SBD/May 6, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Tennis World Pays Tribute To Passing Of ATP Exec Chair & President Brad Drewett
Published May 6, 2013
A FOND FAREWELL: Several tennis players and industry execs took to Twitter to pay tribute to Drewett. Player ROGER FEDERER wrote, “In his short time running the ATP, he achieved a lot and his dynamic personality and steadfast loyalty to the entire global tennis family was so evident.” Player SERGIY STAKHOVSKY wrote, “The man who changed our sport,who became the 1st. president to unite players.” Player TOMMY ROBREDO wrote, “He fought for our sport til last moment.” Player JUSTIN GIMELSTOB wrote, “Drewett was a great leader and the ultimate @ATPWorldTour contributor.” USTA Chair, President & CEO DAVID HAGGERTY wrote, “Brad left an indelible mark on the game and everyone who knew him.” Player CARLOS MOYA wrote, “Probably the best ATP president, the closest to the players and the one who has achieved the most for the players in the past 30 years.” The WTA in a statement wrote, “The recent prize money increases with the Grand Slams are perfect examples of Brad's brilliant strategic management, and another example of how much he cared about our athletes and the sport's long-term growth" (ATPWORLDTOUR.com, 5/3).
A LEADER UNTIL THE END: In London, Simon Briggs wrote ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, often “manifests itself first in difficulties with speaking, and Drewett had been suffering in this way since early last year.” In recent months, he had "only been able to communicate by typing.” The issue of “finding a successor has been an awkward one, with Drewett insistent that he would continue working for as long as possible.” But it is “understood that his success in the role has encouraged the ATP to seek another internal candidate.” The two men “most likely are the respective heads of the ATP's European and American divisions: MARK YOUNG (who only missed out narrowly to Drewett in 2011) and LAURENT DELANNEY” (London TELEGRAPH, 5/4).