Drewett named new head of ATP

The ATP World Tour named Brad Drewett its new executive chairman and president.

The 53-year-old Drewett, a former player and current ATP senior executive, will begin his role January 1. The ATP's board of directors unanimously voted to give him a three-year appointment.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the ATP, an organization that I am proud to have been a part of since the beginning of my professional playing career," Drewett said. "The ATP World Tour and men's tennis are stronger than ever and it is my intention to continue to lead the organization on this successful path, working hand in hand with our players and tournaments. I am very excited about the opportunities ahead."

The two-time Australian Open junior champion Drewett currently serves as CEO of the ATP International Group, overseeing operations in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions since 1999.

He captured two ATP singles titles and played Davis Cup for Australia in a 12-year professional career.

Drewett will replace outgoing chairman and president Adam Helfant, who's held his posts for three years.