Brad Drewett

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Brad Drewett
Brad Drewett.jpg
Country  Australia
Born (1958-07-19)19 July 1958
Maclean, New South Wales
Died 3 May 2013(2013-05-03) (aged 54)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Turned pro 1977
Retired 1990
Plays Left-handed
Prize money $755,546
Singles
Career record 181–226
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 34 (26 March 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1976)
French Open 1R (1984)
Wimbledon 4R (1979)
US Open 3R (1984)
Doubles
Career record 220–250
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 18 (21 November 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1988, 1989)
French Open 3R (1984, 1988)
Wimbledon QF (1986)
US Open 2R (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1988)
Last updated on: 25 October 2012.

Brad Drewett (19 July 1958 – 3 May 2013[1]) was an Australian tennis player and ATP official. He was the 1975 and 1977 Australian Open Junior champion and the youngest player at age 17 to win the title since Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe.[citation needed] He was also the third-youngest Australian Open quarter-finalist in his first Grand Slam, at 17 years 5 months in 1975, behind Boris Becker, 17 years 4 days in 1984 and Goran Ivanišević, 17 years 4 months in 1989.[citation needed]

Drewett won two career singles titles, reached the quarter-finals of the 1976 Australian Open and attained a career-high singles ranking of World No. 34 in March 1984. In doubles, he won seven titles and reached as high as World No. 18 in November 1988.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Drewett won the Australian Open Boys' Singles title in 1975 and 1977 (in January).

Tournament 1975 1976 1977
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open W U WJ
French Open U U U
Wimbledon SF SF A
US Open U U U

Pro tour[edit]

During his professional career, Drewett won two singles titles (Cairo 1982 and South Orange 1983) and seven doubles titles and reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open singles in 1976. He was a finalist on four other occasions: Adelaide 1981, Cleveland 1985, Newport 1988 and Seoul 1989. He also achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 18, reaching the semi-finals in doubles (partnering Martin Davis) at the Australian Open in 1988 and 1989. Brad was also a member of the Australian Davis Cup team in 1981 and 1985. He earned a career-high $120,193 in 1988 and broke the top 50 for the first time in 1984.[citation needed]

Post-retirement[edit]

After his retirement as a professional tennis player, he worked as a commentator for Channel 9 and Channel 10 in Australia.[citation needed] Drewett began serving as Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Executive chairman and President on 1 January 2012.[2] He was appointed for three years, replacing Adam Helfant. Brad had previously served as the ATP's chief executive officer for the International Group since January 2006 and oversaw the ATP's operations in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions. Prior to that, Brad led the region as managing director from 2003 to 2005 and was Executive Vice-President from 1999 to 2003.[citation needed] He has previously served as an elected ATP Player Council representative and from 1993 until 1999, as an elected ATP Player Board Representative.[citation needed] Since 2001, Brad has been the Tournament Director of the ATP World Tour's season-ending event, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. As well as overseeing the event when held in Sydney and Houston, Brad negotiated a multi-year deal with the Shanghai Administration of Sport and Shanghai Ba-shi Industrial Company to stage the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai from 2005 to 2008.[citation needed]

Illness and death[edit]

On 14 January 2013, Drewett announced he would enter a transitionary period as ATP Executive chairman and President because of illness, after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), writing: “It has been a privilege to serve as Executive chairman and President of the ATP, an organization that I’ve been a part of for more than 35 years since I became a professional tennis player. I hold the ATP very close to my heart, and it’s with sadness that I make the decision to enter this transition period due to my ill-health.”[3] He died at home in Sydney, Australia on 3 May 2013 and is survived by his wife and four children.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AP via ESPN ATP says chairman Brad Drewett dies at 54
  2. ^ "Brad Drewett Appointed ATP Executive Chairman And President" (Press release). ATP. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Update on ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett" (Press release). ATP. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brad Drewett, President of Men's Tennis Tour, Dies at 54". NY Times. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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