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Tennis Community Pays Tribute To Brad Drewett

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Tributes have poured in from the tennis community following the death of ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett, on Friday, 3rd May.

Roger Federer: We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend and leader, Brad Drewett. He was a great player, a tremendous ATP CEO and most importantly an amazing friend to all of us. 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. We loved this man and send our condolences to his wife, Jo and their 4 children. The sport of tennis has lost a great figure today, but we will ensure his legacy and contributions to our sport remain part of the ATP's fabric for years to come.

Rafael Nadal (@RafaelNadal): Today is a very sad day for sport and tennis in particular. Our president Brad has passed away.

David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87): Although I reached the semi-finals, today is a hard day following the death of our president, Brad. My heart felt sympathies to his family.

Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori): Very sad day for tennis to hear about the passing of our CEO Brad Drewitt.  RIP

Juan Martin del Potro (@delpotrojuan): The death of Brad Drewett, president of the ATP, is a very sad day for sport and tennis. Rest in peace.

Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka): Very very very sad day for tennis to hear about the passing of our CEO Brad Drewitt. RIP

Milos Raonic (@milosraonic): Sad day for tennis, losing Brad Drewett. Thank you for everything. May you rest in peace.

Juan Monaco (@picomonaco): My support for the Brad Drewett's family, today the world of sports and especially tennis suffers a tough loss

Mardy Fish (@MardyFish): Very sad to hear of the passing of our ATP CEO Brad Drewett. Prayers to his family. Very very sad day for our great sport. RIP Brad

John Isner (@JohnIsner): RIP Brad Drewett. Thank you for all you have done for our sport. You will be deeply missed.

Marcos Baghdatis: I am very sad to hear about what happened to Brad. I wish his family condolences. He helped the sport a lot; he was in tennis for such a long time. The only thing we can say is may he rest in peace and condolences to his family.

Feliciano Lopez (@feliciano_lopez): Rip Brad Drewett..Very sad day for the world of tennis..

Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis): The man who changed our sport,who became the 1st. president to unite players,great person and fantastic leader has died today..RIP #Drewett My deepest condolences to Brads family...a very sad day...I will always remember.. #Drewett

Nicolas Almagro (@NicoAlmagro): Sad day for the world of tennis, Brad Drewett ATP CEO passed away this morning. RIP.

Tommy Robredo (TRobredo): RESPECT for Brad Drewett CEO of the ATP who died today. He fought for our sport til last moment. Thanks for all you had done! Rest in peace

Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18): Sad news for tennis today in the passing of our leader, #ATP CEO Brad Drewett. Condolences to his family, our thoughts are with you

Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna): Really sad to hear the news about the passing away of our ATP President, Brad Drewett. My condolences and sympathies to the family..

Colin Fleming (@colin_fleming): Saddened to hear that Brad Drewett, our ATP CEO, has passed away. Always a gent when I met him and he's left a positive mark on the tour.

Carlos Berlocq (@charlyberlocq): The President of the ATP has died. My condolences for the family of Brad Drewett, rest in peace. A very sad day for the sport.

Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): Incredibly sad day, @ATPWorldTour President Brad Drewett passed away, my deepest condolences to both his immediate and tennis family. Brad Drewett was a great leader and the ultimate @ATPWorldTour contributor, devoted to his family, friends, and the sport he loved. Brad, you will always be missed but never forgotten. We all owe you a debt of gratitude and never ending appreciation. Love You, RIP

Giorgio Di Palermo (@Giorgiodipa): When a gentleman goes, it's a tragedy. When he is your friend it's too hard to accept. Thanks Brad. R.I.P.

David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President: The tennis world lost a strong leader, true gentleman and a great friend today in ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett.  Brad left an indelible mark on the game and everyone who knew him. The USTA will continue to keep Brad in our thoughts as well as his family, friends and ATP staff.

Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of The Championships: 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. 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.

Ivan Ljubicic (@theljubicic): Brad. Thank you for everything you did for our sport. Thank you thank you thank you. This is just not fair. Nothing else to add. R.I.P

Mark Knowles: Very sad day for tennis and sport. Our ATP CEO Brad Drewett passed away today after battling ALS. He has left us too soon but has made a huge impact on the game of tennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and 4 kids.

Ken Skupski (@k_skupski): R.I.P Brad Drewett #ATP

Michael Russell (@MRusselltennis): "@dougrobson: R.I.P. Brad Drewett, ATP chief. #tennis" this is very sad news to hear! Condolences to his family; he will be missed.

Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation): RIP to a very good man Brad Drewett

Tennis Hall Of Fame (@TennisHalloFame): The @ATPWorldTour and tennis as a whole is better for having had Brad's leadership. Our deepest condolences to his family & friends.

ITF (@ITF_Tennis): ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The ITF family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Brad Drewett."

Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel): Very sad news about the passing of ATP CEO Brad Drewett. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes): Terribly sad news that Brad Drewett, president and chairman of ATP has passed away. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in January. Words do absolutely fail one at a time like this. Brad was a great guy who had everything to live for. RIP Brad

Doug Robson (@dougrobson): R.I.P. Brad Drewett, ATP chief. #tennis

Jonathan Overend (@5livetennis): Thoughts with the family of Brad Drewett, ATP Chief, who has sadly lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease. A lovely man.

British Tennis (@BritishTennis): British tennis has a lot to be thankful for to Brad Drewett. Very sad news today 

Andrew Castle (@AndrewCastle63): So sorry to hear of the death of Brad Drewett. Brad was Chairman of the ATP Tour, a fine player but most importantly a husband and father.

Conchita Martinez (@conchitamartinz): Sad news about Brad Drewett #ATPCEO R.I.P

Jo Durie (@Jodurie): So sad to hear about Brad Drewett. One of the nicest guys. Too young.

Valencia Open 500 (@valencia_open): Our condolences to the family of Brad Drewett, president of the ATP World Tour, who died this morning in Sydney. Rest in peace.

Rob Koenig (@RobKoenigTennis): Deepest condolences go out to the Drewett family on the passing of Brad, ATP's CEO. Thoughts and prayers are with you... RIP Brad, like every Aussie that has played and served the sport of tennis, you were just a "bloody great bloke!" You will always be remembered!

Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM): Just very sad to hear that Brad Drewett, ATP Chief, ex top doubles player and good guy, has passed away at 54. Too cruel.

ABN AMRO WTT (@abnamrowttNL): We are deeply saddened by the news that Brad Drewett passed away earlier today.

Roger Rasheed (@roger_rasheed): RIP Brad, my deepest sympathy to all the family - a wonderful man.

Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone): Sad day - thanks for your selfless leadership and years of friendship- you will be missed. #RIP Brad Drewett

Bjorn Phau (@BjornPhau): My condolences go to Brad Drewetts Family.R.I.P. #Drewett

Alexander Peya (@AlexanderPeya): Very sad to hear that Brad Drewett, our ATP CEO , passed away! My deepest condolences to his family and friends! #Drewett

Philipp Petzschner ‏(@Petzsche): R.I.P. #Drewett sad day for our sport today

Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin): Very sad day for the tennis family losing  a wonderful man, Brad Drewett! Prayers & thoughts to his wife & kids! R.I.P.

Jonas Bjorkman (@BjorkmanTennis): Very sad to hear that Brad Drewitt, ATP chairman and president passed away. RIP Brad! #saddayfortennis

Tennis Canada (@Tennis_Canada): Tennis Canada mourns the passing of #ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett

Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya): Brad Drewett has died today, 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.

WTA: Brad was an incredibly warm human being and a dedicated family man. He also was always an inspiring leader. Today the entire tennis community mourns the loss of a great friend and colleague. Brad's contributions as a player and visionary leader make him one of the greatest in making tennis the popular, worldwide sport it is today. 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. His legacy as a leader, as a person, and as a father who always put his family first, will have an everlasting impact on tennis. Our prayers go out to his wife Jo and his children Jack, Ally, Joe and Tom, and to the entire ATP family.

Tennis Australia: We are all deeply saddened by the news of Brad’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this devastating time. Brad has always been a much loved friend and colleague to the Australian tennis family as well as an inspirational leader of our sport on the world stage. He will be sorely missed.

- Steve Healy, President
- Steve Wood, CEO
- Craig Tiley, Director of Tennis

Michael Luevano, Tournament Director of the Shanghai Rolex MastersI have been left stunned with the news of Brad who I regarded as a dear friend. I just could not believe what I was hearing when I was told the news of his illness and now I feel overwhelmed with grief with his passing. I am very sad on a professional level but more importantly, personally. 

He was such an integral part of tennis in Shanghai and an incredibly important part of our lives. Tennis as a whole is going to be poorer for not having Brad’s council, wit and personality. On behalf of the Shanghai Rolex Masters we extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Jo and their children Jack, Ally, Joe and Tom and his extended family.

Jiang Lan, CEO of JUSS Event: I am very sad to hear about Brad’s death. I will miss his guidance and knowledge and most of all our personal friendship. Brad was a very important influence for tennis in China and I was so happy to have developed a very close friendship with a person who was always kind and very giving of his time. Brad was a very special man to all of us and we extend our deep sorrow to his wonderful wife and children and family.

Li Yuyi, Head of Shanghai Sports Commission: It is very difficult to express in words our sadness at the passing of Brad Drewett. His insight of tennis was tremendous and so important to us as the sport continued to develop in Shanghai and other parts of China and across Asia. We have lost a great friend and an important ally. I will miss him personally and the sport will miss very much.

Charles Humphrey Smith, ATP Board of Directors: I have no doubt that Brad's legacy will be as one of the great builders of the game - from his push behind the tremendous growth of the ATP in Asia to tirelessly working on behalf of players and tournaments around the globe to improve the sport he so loved. Brad did so in his own style - by working harder than anyone and making friends along the way. We will miss him dearly.

Craig Gabriel ‏(@crosscourt1): My thoughts go out 2 Brad's lovely wife Jo & their kids. Brad was too young to be taken. The tennis community is a sadder, lesser community

Peter Burwash: Although Brad had moved on , he has left a very strong legacy of valuable contributions to the tennis world. We say good-bye to one of the true gentleman of our sport.

Mike Bauer: It was a great feeling to have had Brad at the helm of the ATP Tour. It is a tremendous lost to the tennis community!!! My deepest regards to Brad’s family.

Javier Sanchez: Brad was far more than an excellent, devoted ATP President and ex-professional tennis player. Above all, he was an extraordinary person and a good friend. It has been extremely tough to see him suffering from his abrupt illness. We will all treasure his kindness, friendship and the moments shared with him. I send my deepest sympathies for his wife and children.

Stan Smith: Brad was a player’s man and did a great job working for the players all the years leading up to the top position of the ATP. The players should be proud of what he did for them along the way. On top of that he was a good man.

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