Australia’s Brad Drewett, the president of the ATP, died on Friday at the age of 54 following a battle against motor neurone disease, the governing body of men’s tennis announced.
“The ATP is deeply saddened to announce that Brad Drewett passed away at his home in Sydney, Australia, earlier today,” said an ATP statement.
Spanish star Rafael Nadal was amongst the first to pay tribute to the Australian. “A very sad day for the world of sports and tennis in particular.”
New Delhi: Prakash Amritraj and Rajeev Ram lifted the Soweta Open ATP Challengers title in a closely-fought encounter.
Playing Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, who made their third final this season, Amritraj and Ram won 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-1) in Johannesburg.
Del Potro out
MADRID: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, the world number seven, has pulled out of next week’s Madrid Masters as he is still suffering from a viral infection, the tournament organisers announced on Friday.