Golmard Diagnosed With ALS; You Can Help
by ATP Staff|
On 14 January this year, Jerome Golmard came face to face with his toughest opponent. The Frenchman was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Symptoms of the disease first surfaced shortly after he underwent surgery to remove three teeth in September 2013. Golmard, who has two sons, Paco and Raphael, is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, which affects nerve and muscle function.
Renowned during his playing career for his tenacity, discipline and a desire to win, the 40 year old is determined to fight the disease. The ATP is donating $10,000 to a fund set up to help cover Jerome’s surgery and medical bills. To donate to Jerome’s medical fund, please click here.
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "Our thoughts are with Jerome and his family during this very difficult time. Everyone at the ATP sends Jerome our support and positive energy as he continues his courageous fight against this devastating disease.”
The ATP has supported research into ALS treatment ever since Brad Drewett, former ATP Executive Chairman and President, was diagnosed with the disease. Drewett died on 3 May 2013, aged 54.
Veteran French player Gilles Simon said, “We were all shocked and saddened to hear that Jerome has this terrible disease. We have already lived this situation with Brad and it was very hard. We know that Jerome still has a chance and we want to fight until the end. I fully support him, his friends and his family."
With a powerful game built around a big serve and forehand, the former French No. 1 reached a career-high No. 22 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 26 April 1999, counting wins over the likes of Andre Agassi, Carlos Moya and Tim Henman. The left-hander won two ATP World Tour singles titles at the 1999 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the 2000 Aircel Chennai Open. He also represented France in six Davis Cup ties.
This weekend ATP staff based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will participate in an ALS fundraising walk for the second consecutive year.
Help us support Jerome in this fight. Please make a donation.