Jerome Golmard's ALS Five-Set Battle
June 4, 2014 ITS Staff - Retired ATP World Tour player Jerome Golmard of France is battling his personal five-set match after being diagnosed last January with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the same illness that claimed the life of Brad Drewett, the ATP Chairman and CEO, last year at the age of 54.
According to reports, the former Top-30 ranked player’s disease was discovered after undergoing surgery to remove three teeth in September of 2013. Golmard currently undergoing treatment which affects nerve and muscle functions.
The tenacious left-hander reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 22 in April 1999. He won two singles titles and reached the semifinals of Monte Carlo Masters in 1999. Golmard collected victories among the world’s elite including World No.1s Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcelo Ríos and Carlos Moyá.
Current ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode said, "Our thoughts are with Jerome and his family during this very difficult time. Everyone at the ATP sends Jerome our support and positive energy as he continues his courageous fight against this devastating disease.”