Jerome Golmard: 1973-2017
Frenchman battles to the end
Frenchman Jerome Golmard, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles, passed away on Monday aged 43 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was first diagnosed with the disease in January 2014 and soon established Association Jerome Golmard, Combattre la maladie de Charcot.
Golmard, who, for much of his career had a residence in Boca Raton, Florida, where a number of French players made their home, first began playing tennis aged six with his parents by hitting against the wall of his local club. In a 14-season injury-plagued professional career, Golmard reached a career-high No. 22 on 22 April 1999, shortly after capturing his first ATP World Tour title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Nicolas Kiefer). The left-hander also won the 2000 Aircel Chennai Open (d. Markus Hantschk) among four final appearances, and he was the top French player for a total of 14 weeks.
MND has previously impacted the tennis family. Former Australian player Brad Drewett, who was the ATP Executive Chairman and President until his passing in May 2013, and Angie Cunningham, the WTA's former Vice President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations, who passed away in October 2016, both succumbed to the disease. Former Australian player Peter Doohan also lost his battle on 21 July 2017.
Golmard is survived by two sons.
Jerome Golmard, tennis player, born 9 September 1973, died 31 July 2017.
Jérôme Golmard, ancien 22ème mondial, est décédé à l’âge de 43 ans. Toutes nos condoléances à sa famille.— FFT (@FFTennis) August 1, 2017
RIP mon Djé 😘! @golmardjerome— yves allegro (@yvesallegro) August 1, 2017
Henri Leconte (@henrileconteoff) August 1, 2017
So sad to hear that our friend and ex- tennis player Jérôme Golmard passed away! All my love to his family and friends! RIP AMIGO!— Alex Corretja (@AlexCorretja74) August 1, 2017
RIP jerome golmard... sad news and sad day for tennis......— xmalisse (@xmalisse) August 1, 2017
R.i.p. Jerome Golmard! Thoughts and prayers to his family. a special guy left us way to early....— Julian Knowle (@Jknowle) August 1, 2017
#JeromeGolmard such a fighter. RIP, my unlucky friend.— Giorgio Di Palermo (@Giorgiodipa) August 1, 2017
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