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Nadal Meets Golmard At Roland Garros

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Golmard© AFP/Getty ImagesJerome Golmard (at front) was honoured on Court Philippe Chatrier following Rafael Nadal's third round victory.

Following Rafael Nadal's straight-set victory over Leonardo Mayer in the Roland Garros third round on Saturday, the eight-time champion paid tribute to former World No. 22 Jerome Golmard, who was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Golmard, who was sitting courtside to watch the encounter, received a standing ovation for over a minute after meeting Nadal during the Spaniard's post-match interview. He is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, which affects nerve and muscle function.

The ATP donated $10,000 to a fund set up to help cover the Frenchman's surgery and medical bills and has supported research into ALS treatment ever since Brad Drewett, former ATP Executive Chairman and President, was diagnosed with the disease.

Golmard

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.

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