CHINA OPEN 2013
Brad Drewett Honoured In Beijing Ceremony
by ATP Staff|
The late ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett, was honoured in an on-court ceremony ahead of the China Open final in Beijing on Sunday. Drewett passed away on 3rd May, aged 54, following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
In memory of the Australian’s outstanding contribution to the development of world tennis and particularly tournaments in China, Court 1 at the National Tennis Centre in Beijing was officially renamed the Brad Drewett Court. The China Open Committee also put a statue of Drewett on the grounds in commemoration.
ATP officials and staff gathered on court for the ceremony, together with China Open Co-Tournament Directors Alfred Zhang and Charles Hsiung. A speech was made by Alison Lee, Executive Vice President, ATP International Group.
Drewett was instrumental in growing tennis in Asia, the success of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and building ATP’s commercial strength through a number of key partnerships.
Drewett began serving as ATP Executive Chairman & President in January 2012. He previously served as the ATP's Chief Executive Officer for the International Group since January 2006, overseeing the growth and success of ATP's operations in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions.