THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Brad Drewett Honoured At Wimbledon
by ATP Staff|
At the launch of a special commemorative book entitled ‘No. 1’, celebrating the 16 year-end ATP World Tour No. 1s on the 40th anniversary of ATP Rankings, the winners’ trophy for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals was renamed The Brad Drewett Trophy.
Andre Silva, the Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, said, "Brad had so much passion, dedication and love for the event. He had a vision and believed in the event. He believed it was one of the greatest events on the tennis calendar. He worked very hard to grow its legacy. We would not be staging the event in London and having huge success without him.
"He was unique and had very good perspective from all sides of the tennis world. That is why he was able to contribute so much. He listened; he wanted people to challenge him with different opinions and ways of thinking. We will continue to grow the legacy of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and Brad’s name will always be on the trophy. We will never forget what he did for the event."
Drewett passed after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. He was a former player, ATP Board member and Executive who, as head of the ATP from 2012-13, led negotiations for significantly increased prize money for all players at Grand Slam championships. He was a pioneer growing the game in Asia and as Tournament Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for 11 years, ensured the event’s enormous international success.
Justin Gimelstob, an ATP Board member, said, "Brad was a symbol of the ATP World Tour. He encompassed every dimension of it. He was a very good player, he was on the player council, and when he worked for the tour he was a regional CEO, tournament director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and he was instrumental in believing in the expansion of the sport in Asia and then getting to the top as ATP Executive Chairman & President.
"He is the only person who truly has stepped in every area of men’s tennis. The Brad Drewett Trophy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a fitting tribute, because without him the tournament and the ATP World Tour wouldn’t be what it is today."
The ATP World Tour has named a video display in the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Drewett’s name, in recognition of his contributions to tennis. The Brad Drewett Video Wall features highlights of great moments in ATP World Tour history.
This week at The Championships, players, coaches and officials have been wearing special 'BD' patches in honour of the former ATP Executive Chairman and President.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November. Rafael Nadal has already qualified for the elite circuit finale, which features the top eight singles players and eight doubles teams. Buy Your Tickets