ATP Staff Continues Fight Against ALS In #IceBucketChallenge
by ATP Staff|
The ATP continued to show its support in the fight against ALS, with staff in the ATP Americas office in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, taking part in the #IceBucketChallenge.
The ATP Americas office nominated its staff on-site at the Winston-Salem Open, the ATP offices in London, Monte-Carlo and Sydney, and the WTA office to complete the #IceBucketChallenge. The staff in Winston-Salem quickly accepted the challenge, and nominated US Open Tournament Director David Brewer and ATP Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, Gayle Bradshaw.
The governing body of men’s professional tennis began its involvement with the ALS Association in 2013, following Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett's diagnosis with the disease in December of 2012.
In April 2013, a month before Drewett passed away, the staff formed TEAM BRAD and participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Jacksonville. TEAM BRAD was the top team fundraiser in the state of Florida, raising over $40,000 in donations.
ATP staff and alumni ATP members MaliVai Washington, Brian Gottfried, Jean-Philippe Fleurian, Cyril Saulnier and Claudio Pistolesi joined together for this year’s Walk to Defeat ALS. The team walked in memory of Drewett and also in honour of Frenchman Jerome Golmard, a former player diagnosed with ALS in January of this year.
A number of ATP World Tour players have completed the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russell, Eric Butorac, Tommy Haas and Nick Kyrgios.