The All England Club, Wimbledon, was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Drewett, the ATP's Executive Chairman and President.
"I knew Brad from my very early days as a player on the ATP Tour and I always respected the way he conducted himself both on and off court," said Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of The Championships. "I enjoyed seeing him these last twelve months following my appointment at Wimbledon and am so very sad at his passing. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."
Brad was 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, and he has played a significant role in the development of the men's game throughout his tenure.
In January it was announced that the 54-year-old had been battling motor neurone disease, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and would be stepping down from his role at the ATP. He passed away at his home in Sydney.
The Club's thoughts and condolences are with Brad's family and friends and the entire tennis community.
The ATP's leading players shared their thoughts about Brad in the tribute video above.
20:08It brings me no pleasure but it's time to bring the curtain down for another year. Seemed somehow appropriate to leave the last word to Roger Federer. Thanks a billion for reading. What a fortnight, what a final, fast forward to 2015 please...
20:03"I already have seven. It's not like I need another one. But it would have been awfully nice to have it. I think that's what the feeling was of the people, and I felt that... I know they love tennis. They love tennis after we're all gone."View all