Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/15/13

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand in her semifinal match against Na Li of China during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The tennis world held its breath when Serena Williams fell in a heap after going over on her ankle and cried out in pain but, in truth, this was a day for a reality check. "We get carried away with what we think is important," said Paul Annacone who coaches Roger Federer. He was referring to the news which had stunned members of the tennis family at Melbourne Park concerning Brad Drewett, the popular CEO of the ATP tour. Afflicted for over a year with a slurring of his speech, Drewett announced that he had been diagnosed with the, as yet, incurable Lou Gehrig's Disease and would only continue in his role on an interim basis until a successor was found. "He told me the news yesterday," said Federer after he had defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. "Obviously it is very emotional. I have known Brad since I came on tour and I have worked with him very closely, especially over the past two years. He has done tremendous job leading the ATP over the past 12 months, overseeing...
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