Roy Emerson

Roy Stanley Emerson ( born November 3, 1936 in Blackbutt, Queensland ) is an Australian former tennis player.

Roy Emerson grew up on a farm. However, his family moved to Brisbane, where he had better ways to train tennis.

In 1961, Emerson won ( later called the Australian Open ) and then from 1963 to 1967 for five consecutive years his first title at the Australian Championships. In 1964, he won the French championship to all Grand Slam titles in 1964 and 1965 and was among the amateurs, the number 1 in the world.

Known as " Emmo " he was twice a Wimbledon champion in singles and three in doubles. At the French Open he won the individual 1963 and 1967 and won a double from 1960 to 1965 six times in a row. At the U.S. Open, he was twice in singles and four times in a double success.

Emerson is the only male player to have won all the titles in singles and doubles at the Grand Slam tournaments. He held until 2000, when Pete Sampras surpassed him, the record for individual victories at Grand Slam tournaments. He won a total of 28 Grand Slam titles, 16 victories in doubles. He also won the Australian team eight times the title in the Davis Cup.

All the individual title at the Grand Slam tournaments and 14 of the 16 doubles title but fell before the time of the so-called Open Era. As of the moment, as well as the professional players were admitted to these tournaments, so from the French Open in 1968, won Emerson, who now had to measure even with the sometimes significantly stronger professionals to never again a Grand Slam singles tournament.

In 1968, Roy Emerson himself also a professional tennis player, just in the year when allowed to compete as professionals and amateurs against each other again. He could not defend the title at the French Open, which he had won in 1967. In the quarterfinals, defeated the 31 -year-old Emerson Pancho Gonzales, who at that time was already 40 years old. Gonzales was already changed the end of 1949 turned professional and therefore not eligible to play from 1950 to early 1968, at the Grand Slam tournaments. In the coming years, Emerson joined twelve times against Gonzales, the outstanding player of the 50s, and did not win a single time. As of 1968, Emerson, who, as the tournaments for professional players were not open during the seven years before, was able to win twelve titles, with not a single Grand Slam tournament more about the quarter -finals.

Even against Rod Laver, the best player of the 60s, Emerson had a significantly negative balance. Already 1960-1962 Emerson lost in 29 matches 19 times against his almost two years younger compatriot. Laver turned professional in 1963, then moved so that Emerson from 1963 to early 1968 no longer had to compete with him. From 1968 the two of them played at official ATP tournaments seven times against each other, of which Emerson lost five games. Also in other tournaments, the two Australians played from 1968 to 1975, often against each other. Overall, the balance sheet in 1968 was: 29:6 for Laver. Considering that ten of the twelve single Grand Slam title fell Emerson in the time when Laver was not eligible to play as a professional, and all twelve in the time when Gonzales was not allowed to start, so Emerson's successes must be but very relative. It was the mid-60s certainly the world's best amateur, but he was not in a year, the best player in the world.

Roy Emerson was recorded in 1982 in the Hall of Fame of the International Tennis Sports.

Today he lives in Newport Beach, California, also has a house in Gstaad, Switzerland, where in the summer he holds a tennis camp every year.

Grand Slam victories

  • Australian Open: Single - 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Double - 1962, 1966, 1969
  • French Open: Single - 1963, 1967
  • Double - 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Wimbledon: Single - 1964, 1965
  • Double - 1959, 1961, 1971
  • U.S. Open: Single - 1961 1964
  • Double - 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966