General Roy Stanley
Emerson
Male
Australia
1936-11-03
Blackbutt, QLDS, Australia


About

In the grand days for Australia of domination of the tennis world, nobody played as large a role as the country boy out of tiny Blackbutt in Queensland, Roy Stanley ‘Emmo’ Emerson. Emerson, a slim, quick, athletic farm kid who strengthened his wrists for tennis by milking innumerable cows on his father’s property, played on eight winning Davis Cup teams between 1959 and 1967, a record. He won 28 of the major singles and doubles championships, a lofty male record. His dozen singles were six Australian (1961, ‘63-’64-’65-’66-’67), two each French, (1963, ‘67), Wimbledon (1964-65), U.S. (1961, ‘64). That was a record, created over seven years that he held for 33 years, without knowing it until writers noticed that he was being stalked by Pete Sampras. Sampras broke it with a thirteenth, Wimbledon 2000, and was congratulated by Emerson, who had eclipsed Bill Tilden’s standard of 10 (set between 1920 and 1930), unaware, at winning his last Australian in 1967, that he was the new record holder. “Nobody paid attention to that sort of thing then, or kept track,” he laughs. “We just played.” His accomplishments as a right-court doubles player who could make anybody look good amounted to 16 Big Four titles (6 French, 4 U.S., 3 each Wimbledon, Australian) with five different partners, the last in 1971 at Wimbledon with his old Queensland pal, Rod Laver. His best-known alliance was with Aussie left-hander Neale Fraser, with whom he won Wimbledon in 1959 and 1961, the U.S. title in 1959-60 and the doubles of the Davis Cup triumphs of 1959-60-61. Known as ‘Emmo’ to his wide circle of friends, he was a rollicking, gregarious six-foot right-hander with patent leather black hair and a golden smile (enhanced by dental fillings) who could lead the partying and singing without jeopardizing his high standards of play. Fitness was his hallmark. He trained hard and was always ready for strenuous matches and tournaments. Although primarily a serve-and-volleyer, he could adapt to the rigors of slow courts. He won the French singles in 1963 over Pierre Darmon and 1967, by lifting the crown from the head of teammate Tony Roche. He also led the 3-2 Davis Cup victory over the U.S. on clay in Cleveland in 1964. That year he was unbeaten in eight Davis Cup singles as the Aussies regained the Cup. Emmo had a singles winning streak of 55 matches, during that summer and autumn, second longest in male history to Don Budge’s 92 (1937-38). Establishing himself as World No. 1, he won 17 tournaments and 109 of 115 matches. The only prize to elude him in that majestic year of triumphs in three of the majors was a Grand Slam. Fate may have intervened to cost him a third straight Wimbledon in 1966 when he was heavily favored. Winning a 4th rounder against Owen Davidson, he skidded chasing a short ball, crashed into the umpire’s stand, damaging a shoulder, and was unable to do much but finish the match. His Australian hegemony began in 1961 when he beat Laver for the title, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Laver took it back the following year as part of his Grand Slam, but after that for five years it was all-Emmo, for an Aussie male record six singles titles, the toughest reversing himself from two sets down to overcome Fred Stolle in the 1965 final. He beat Arthur Ashe in the last two in 1966 and in 1967. His Wimbledon wins were both over Stolle, in 1964 and in 1965. He beat Stolle again in the U.S. final of 1964. Ever high spirited and capable of firing up his teammates, Emerson also took part in two Australian victories in the World Cup, a since disbanded annual competition against the U.S. He exemplified the Aussie code of sportsmanship and competitiveness, stating it as, “You should never complain about an injury. We believe that if you play, then you aren’t injured, and that’s that.” Emerson was born Nov. 3, 1936, in Blackbutt, a crossroads where people make a living in cattle and timber (the blackbutt is a variety of eucalyptus). His family moved to Brisbane, where he could get better competition and coaching, when his tennis talent became evident. After resisting several offers, he turned pro in 1968 just before open tennis began, and was still competing in 1978 as player-coach of the Boston Lobsters in World Team Tennis, directing them to the semi-finals of the league playoffs. Of all Australia’s Davis Cup luminaries under Capt. Harry Hopman, Emerson made the best record, vital in winning eight Cups, high for any participant, playing the decisive match in either singles or doubles six times. He won 21 of 23 singles, but never lost when it counted, and 13 of 15 doubles. Beginning in 1959, he was in the World Top Ten 9 straight times, No. 1 in 1964-65. Also: No. 7, 1959;No. 6, 1960; No. 2, 196 1-62, ‘67; No. 3, 1964, ‘66. Emerson was elevated to the Hall of Fame in 1982 after a career that bridged the amateur and open eras and was credited with three pro titles in singles and 30 in doubles, and $400,000 in prize money. Overall, amateur and pro, he was one of the few centurions with 106 singles titles. His son, Antony, was All-American in tennis at the University of Southern California and played the pro tour briefly. They won the U.S. Hard Court Father-and-Son title in 1978.

Roy was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982.

Source:Bud Collins



Media


Archive statistics 1951 - 1979
119
1614
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Tournament wins 1973 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1970 - Basel Pro (Professional)
1969 - Aix-en-Provence (Open)
1969 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1969 - Portschach Pros (Professional)
1969 - Malaga Pros (Professional)
1968 - South American Championship (Amateur)
1968 - Burger King Challenge Cup (Professional)
1967 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1967 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1967 - La Rasante International (Amateur)
1967 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1967 - Stuttgart (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1967 - Auckland (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1967 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1967 - German International Championships ()
1967 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1967 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1967 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)
1966 - Australian Hard Courts Championship (Amateur)
1966 - Antwerpen International (Amateur)
1966 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1966 - South African Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1966 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1966 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1966 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1966 - Auckland (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1966 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1965 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1965 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1965 - Welsh Championships (Amateur)
1965 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1965 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1965 - Santiago International (Amateur)
1965 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1965 - Newport Casino Tournament (Amateur)
1965 - Auckland (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1964 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1964 - Colombia International (Amateur)
1964 - Trinidad International (Amateur)
1964 - Caribe Hilton Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Good Neighbor Tournament (Amateur)
1964 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1964 - Canadian International Championships ()
1964 - Bastad (Open)
1964 - River Plate Championships (Amateur)
1964 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1964 - Masters Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1964 - Santiago International (Amateur)
1964 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1964 - US Open (Grandslam)
1964 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1964 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1963 - Good Neighbor Tournament (Amateur)
1963 - Moroccan International (Amateur)
1963 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1963 - Brumana International (Amateur)
1963 - Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) (Open)
1963 - Baden-Baden (Amateur)
1963 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1963 - San Sebastian (Amateur)
1963 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1963 - Midland Counties Championships (Amateur)
1963 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1963 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1962 - South Australian Championships ()
1962 - Central India Championships (Amateur)
1962 - Northern India (Amateur)
1962 - Caribe Hilton Championships (Amateur)
1962 - Caribbean Championships (Amateur)
1962 - Colombia International (Amateur)
1962 - Masters Invitation (Amateur)
1962 - Brumana International (Amateur)
1962 - Good Neighbor Tournament (Amateur)
1962 - Viareggio (Amateur)
1962 - Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) (Open)
1962 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1962 - Fort Worth (Open)
1962 - Asian Championships (Amateur)
1961 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1961 - US Open (Grandslam)
1961 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1961 - Gstaad (ATP)
1961 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1961 - South Australian b (Open)
1961 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1961 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1961 - British Hard Court Championships (Open)
1961 - Masters Invitation (Amateur)
1961 - Good Neighbor Tournament (Amateur)
1961 - Bavarian International Championships (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1960 - Auckland (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1960 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1960 - Caribbean Championships (Amateur)
1960 - Gstaad (ATP)
1960 - Antwerpen International (Amateur)
1960 - Kingston International Invitation (Amateur)
1960 - Caribe Hilton Championships (Amateur)
1960 - South Australian Championships ()
1959 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1959 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)
1959 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1959 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1958 - Darling Downs (Amateur)
1958 - Wynnum (Amateur)
1958 - South Australian Championships ()
1958 - Australian Capital Territory Championships (Amateur)
1957 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)
1957 - Queensland Championships (Amateur)
1956 - Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships (Amateur)
1956 - Southampton Invitation (Long Island) (Amateur)
1956 - Granite Belt ()
1955 - Australian Capital Territory Championships (Amateur)
1955 - South Queensland Championships (Open)
1953 - Gympie (Amateur)
1953 - Queensland Hardcourts (Open)


Tournaments Kent Tour - Dubai - 1979 Kent Tour - Kuwait - 1979 Kent Tour - Oman - 1979 US International Indoor Championships - 1977 Laguna Niguel - 1977 San Jose International - 1977 La Costa International - 1977 Gstaad - 1976 Tempe - 1976 Las Vegas - 1976 Seattle Indoor - 1976 Newport Beach International - 1976 Altamira International Invitation - 1975 Charlotte - 1975 Philadelphia Indoors - 1975 WCT - St. Louis - 1975 WCT- Sao Paulo - 1975 Denver - 1975 WCT - La Costa - 1975 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1975 Pacific Coast Championship - 1974 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1974 Gstaad - 1974 Las Vegas - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 Austrian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Coast Championship - 1973 Queens Club Tournament - 1973 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1973 Belgian International Championships - 1973 Philadelphia Open - 1973 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1973 Gstaad - 1973 WCT - St. Louis - 1973 Atlanta Open - 1973 WCT Finals - 1973 WCT - Toronto - 1973 World Cup - 1973 WCT - Miami - 1973 WCT-Hilton Head - 1973 Las Vegas - 1973 WCT - La Costa - 1973 WCT - Munich - 1973 WCT - Gothenburg - 1973 Johannesburg Open - 1973 US Open - 1972 River Oaks Tournament - 1972 Philadelphia Open - 1972 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1972 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1972 Macon Indoor - 1972 Charlotte - 1972 Midland Pros - 1972 WCT - St. Louis - 1972 WCT - Toronto - 1972 WCT-Quebec - 1972 WCT - Chicago - 1972 WCT - Vancouver - 1972 World Cup - 1972 WCT - Miami - 1972 WCT-Hilton Head - 1972 Denver - 1972 Las Vegas - 1972 Bretton Woods International - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 WCT Alamo - 1972 WCT Essen - 1972 WCT - Gothenburg - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Australian Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1971 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Swiss International Championships - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 US Pro Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Wills Open Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Philadelphia Indoors - 1971 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1971 Louisville Open - 1971 WCT-Quebec - 1971 WCT - Chicago - 1971 Rothman International Tournament - 1971 WCT - Vancouver - 1971 Tennis Champions Classic - 1971 Aventura Classic - 1971 World Cup - 1971 WCT Dallas - 1971 Baton Rouge Pros - 1971 WCT Cologne - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 US Open - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Tucson - 1970 WCT - St. Louis - 1970 Atlanta Open - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 Dunlop Slazenger International Open - 1970 Newport Pro Tournament - 1970 Dallas Morning News Classic - 1970 Howard Hughes Pro Invitation - 1970 National Tennis Classic - 1970 Mount Washington Invitation - 1970 Fort Worth Pros - 1970 WCT - Vancouver - 1970 Tennis Champions Classic - 1970 Basel Pro - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Australian Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 New South Wales Championships - 1969 Swiss International Championships - 1969 Irish Championships - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1969 German International Championships - 1969 South African Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Aix-en-Provence - 1969 Madison Square Garden Fields - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Burger King Challenge Cup - 1969 South American Championship - 1969 Oakland Pros - 1969 Los Angeles Professional Championships - 1969 Garden Challenge Trophy Open - 1969 Japan Professional Championships - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Dutch Professional Championships - 1969 Malaga Pros - 1969 Portschach Pros - 1969 Howard Hughes Open - 1969 SPOGA cup - 1969 Madrid Pros - 1969 Barcelona Pros - 1969 Stockholm Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 US Open - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1968 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1968 British Hard Court Championships - 1968 Kent Championships - 1968 French Professional Championship - 1968 Madison Square Garden Fields - 1968 Thunderbird Invitation - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Burger King Challenge Cup - 1968 Paris Pro Championships - 1968 Wembley Invitation - 1968 South American Championship - 1968 Wembley - 1968 Midland Pros - 1968 South Texas Pros - 1968 Sao Paulo Pros - 1968 Wembley Professional Championships - 1968 Los Angeles Professional Championships - 1968 Binghampton Pro Championships - 1968 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1968 Lima Pro - 1968 Australian Open - 1967 Wimbledon - 1967 South Australian Championships - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 US Open - 1967 Victorian Championships - 1967 New South Wales Championships - 1967 Canadian International Championships - 1967 Swiss International Championships - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Championships of Berlin - 1967 South African Championships - 1967 Queensland Championships - 1967 Madrid - 1967 Auckland - 1967 Stuttgart - 1967 Queensland Hardcourts - 1967 Antwerpen International - 1967 La Rasante International - 1967 Quebec International Round Robin - 1967 Lys International Grass Championships - 1967 båstad Champions Cup - 1967 Australian Open - 1966 Wimbledon - 1966 South Australian Championships - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 US Open - 1966 Victorian Championships - 1966 Swiss International Championships - 1966 Pacific Coast Championship - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 Italian International Championships - 1966 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1966 German International Championships - 1966 South African Championships - 1966 Queensland Championships - 1966 Conde de Godo - 1966 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1966 Auckland - 1966 Antwerpen International - 1966 Quebec International Round Robin - 1966 Australian Open - 1965 Wimbledon - 1965 South Australian Championships - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 US Open - 1965 Victorian Championships - 1965 New South Wales Championships - 1965 Nassau Bowl - 1965 Newport Casino Tournament - 1965 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 River Plate Championships - 1965 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1965 River Oaks Tournament - 1965 Queensland Championships - 1965 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1965 Welsh Championships - 1965 Conde de Godo - 1965 International Club Matches - FRA - 1965 Tasmanian Championships - 1965 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1965 Auckland - 1965 Western Australia Championships - 1965 Bastad - 1965 San Antonio Invitation - 1965 Fort Worth - 1965 Santiago International - 1965 Australian Open - 1964 Wimbledon - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 US Open - 1964 Victorian Championships - 1964 New South Wales Championships - 1964 Canadian International Championships - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 River Plate Championships - 1964 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1964 US International Indoor Championships - 1964 River Oaks Tournament - 1964 Dixie Championships - 1964 Championships of Berlin - 1964 Queensland Championships - 1964 Conde de Godo - 1964 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1964 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1964 Altamira International Invitation - 1964 Colombia International - 1964 Bastad - 1964 Masters Invitation - 1964 Dallas Invitation - 1964 Santiago International - 1964 Trinidad International - 1964 Australian Open - 1963 Wimbledon - 1963 South Australian Championships - 1963 Roland Garros - 1963 US Open - 1963 Victorian Championships - 1963 New South Wales Championships - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 Italian International Championships - 1963 Netherlands International Championships - 1963 US International Indoor Championships - 1963 River Oaks Tournament - 1963 Dixie Championships - 1963 Queensland Championships - 1963 Midland Counties Championships - 1963 Baden-Baden - 1963 Conde de Godo - 1963 Pan American Championships - 1963 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1963 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1963 Western Australia Championships - 1963 Altamira International Invitation - 1963 Colombia International - 1963 Masters Invitation - 1963 Gstaad - 1963 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1963 San Sebastian - 1963 Brumana International - 1963 Moroccan International - 1963 Australian Open - 1962 Wimbledon - 1962 South Australian Championships - 1962 Monte Carlo - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 US Open - 1962 Victorian Championships - 1962 New South Wales Championships - 1962 Swiss International Championships - 1962 Queens Club Tournament - 1962 Italian International Championships - 1962 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1962 River Oaks Tournament - 1962 German International Championships - 1962 Queensland Championships - 1962 Conde de Godo - 1962 Madrid - 1962 Northern India - 1962 Caribbean Championships - 1962 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1962 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1962 Asian Championships - 1962 Altamira International Invitation - 1962 Colombia International - 1962 Viareggio - 1962 Bastad - 1962 Masters Invitation - 1962 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1962 Central India Championships - 1962 Antwerpen International - 1962 Brumana International - 1962 Fort Worth - 1962 Australian Open - 1961 Wimbledon - 1961 Roland Garros - 1961 US Open - 1961 Victorian Championships - 1961 New South Wales Championships - 1961 Austrian International Championships - 1961 Queens Club Tournament - 1961 Italian International Championships - 1961 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1961 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1961 British Hard Court Championships - 1961 River Oaks Tournament - 1961 German International Championships - 1961 Queensland Championships - 1961 Conde de Godo - 1961 Pan American Championships - 1961 Napoli - 1961 Caribbean Championships - 1961 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1961 Bavarian International Championships - 1961