ATP chief dies after battle with Lou Gehrig's disease

Madrid, May 3 (EFE).- ATP World Tour Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett died Friday at his home in Sydney, the governing body of men's tennis said in a statement on its Web site. He was 54.

The Australian took the helm of the Association of Tennis Professionals in January 2012 but on Jan. 15 of this year announced that he would soon step down because he is suffering from Motor Neuron Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), a neurological disorder that affects the cells that control voluntary muscle activity.

"Our thoughts are with Brad's family on this extremely sad day for them, the ATP and the entire international tennis community. He will be sorely missed by all," the ATP said.

Drewett also was a professional player who reached a career-high singles ranking of 34 in the mid-1980s.