Posted: Monday January 14, 2013 9:03 PM

Drewett set to leave as ATP chief due to illness

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Brad Drewett has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and will be replaced as ATP World Tour executive chairman and president.

The ATP said Tuesday in a statement that Drewett, a former player, will continue in his role on an interim basis until a successor is found "in the near future.''

Drewett's speech was noticeably slurred when he attended a news conference Saturday to announce a new racket sponsor for the ATP Tour. Remarks on behalf of the ATP were made by a member of the group's marketing department.

Drewett has held the top position since Jan. 1 last year, but had previously led operations in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific regions since 2006.
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