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ATP president Brad Drewett passes away

ESPN staff
May 3, 2013
Brad Drewett helped increase prize money at the grand slams © AP

President of the ATP Brad Drewett has passed away after losing his long battle against motor neurone disease.

The 54-year-old was responsible for increasing prize money at the grand slams and helped develop the men's game abroad, and has been behind the success of the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

A statement from the ATP read: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Brad Drewett passed away at his home in Sydney, Australia, earlier today. Brad, who served as ATP executive chairman and president since January 2012, had been suffering from motor neurone disease.

"Our thoughts are with Brad's family on this extremely sad day for them, the ATP and the entire international tennis community. He will be sorely missed by all."

There have been plenty of tributes from players, including Rafael Nadal, who tweeted: "Today is a very sad day for sport and tennis in particular. Our president Brad has passed away."

Juan Martin del Potro said: "The death of Brad Drewett, president of the ATP, is a very sad day for sport and tennis. Rest in peace", while David Ferrer tweeted: "Although I reached the semi-finals [in Portugal], today is a hard day following the death of our president, Brad. My heart felt sympathies to his family."

Roger Draper, chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, said: "Everyone in British tennis will be deeply saddened by the news of Brad's passing. He was held in the highest esteem by everyone in the tennis world.

"Brad always put the players and the sport at the heart of everything he did and his legacy will endure.

"He was a great friend to British tennis and helped to grow the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals into the most successful indoor tennis event we have ever seen. All our thoughts are with his family."

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