ATP World Tour Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett died today from motor neurone disease, the men’s tennis body said. He was 54.
Adam Helfant will quit as executive chairman of the ATP World Tour at the end of the year after increasing the revenue and reserves of men’s tennis during his three-year stay.
Adam Helfant, the outgoing president of the ATP World Tour, said commercial revenue rose 80 percent during his three years at the governing body of men’s tennis, boosted by new sponsorships.
Former player Brad Drewett will succeed Adam Helfant as executive chairman and president of the ATP World Tour, the governing body of men’s tennis.
Adam Helfant , executive chairman and president of the men’s tennis tour, is “optimistic” the ATP board will vote in favor of plans to shorten the season.
ATP World Tour Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett will step down following a transition period after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, the men’s tennis body said.
The men’s ATP World Tour will extend the offseason to seven weeks from the end of 2012 so that tennis players will have more time to rest and recuperate.
The ATP World Tour, the governing body of men’s tennis, is opposed to extending the U.S. Open to fifteen days, Executive Chairman and President Adam Helfant said.
Heeding pleas from players for a longer offseason, the ATP World Tour will consider trimming its tennis calendar starting in 2012 to give the men more time to rest.
"We are pleased the U.S.T.A. is addressing as a priority the players' concerns about scheduling the U.S. Open men's semi- finals and finals on consecutive days. However, we do not necessarily see how the right solution would be expanding the tournament to fifteen days.We continue to have very open conversations with the U.S.T.A. about this."
- Adam Helfant on Oct 21, 2011