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ATP Chief Brad Drewett Announces He Has ALS, Will Soon Step Down From Post
Published January 16, 2013
A FRIEND TO MANY: In Sydney, Courtney Walsh wrote Roger Federer, who as president of the ATP Tour Players Council "dealt with Drewett on several issues including negotiations that led to a massive increase in prize money" for this Australian Open, was "shattered when told" the news. Federer said, "I saw him yesterday and he told me the news. I was very emotional." Andy Murray, too, was "dispirited after being told of the illness." Murray said, "It's obviously tough to hear. He's a positive influence on the game. It is shocking news, and I am very sad" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 1/16). Australian coach and analyst Darren Cahill, who has long been a friend of Drewett's, said: "I felt sick when the news came out today. Sometimes the worst things happen to the best people. We don't know why, but he's always been a great friend to us and always will be, and our love and support goes to him and his family and his three kids" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/15).