PLAYER PROFILE

Roy Emerson

  • Age80
  • Born 3 November 1936
  • Birth PlaceBlackbutt, Queensland
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1994
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1982

Singles champion
Australian 1961, 1963-67
French 1963, 1967
United States 1961, 1964
Wimbledon 1964-65

Doubles champion
Australian 1962, 1966, 1969
French 1960-65
United States 1959-60, 1965-66
Wimbledon 1959, 1961, 1971

Davis Cup
1959-67

Roy Emerson was a super-fit and athletic champion whose career bridged the amateur and Open eras. His haul of 28 Grand Slam titles (12 singles, 16 doubles) is a record for men’s tennis. Emerson is also the only man to win singles and doubles titles at all four majors. In 1964, his only loss in Grand Slam play came in the quarterfinals at Paris to Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli. A vibrant figure in Australia’s golden tennis age, Emerson played in eight winning Davis Cup teams and clinched 34 of 38 Cup rubbers. A gifted doubles player – he won doubles titles at all the majors at least three times – Emerson had a reputation for making any partner look good. Not least at the French Championships, where he won the doubles six times with five different partners. Emerson was justly famous for his “no excuses” code, saying: “You should never complain about an injury. We believe that if you play, then you aren’t injured, and that’s that.”

Roy Emerson in the news

Where to play tennis over Easter
John Christiansen and Cameron Christansen, step father and step son, in doubles action at the Echuca Lawn Tennis Club annual Easter tournament; Robyn Christiansen
8 March, 2016

Check out our comprehensive guide to all the places in Australia staging tennis tournaments during Easter - enter now for your shot at glory!
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Legends react to postage stamp honour
Australian tennis legends (L-R) Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Pat Cash, Ashley Cooper, Fred Stolle, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche and Frank Sedgman pose after being honoured on a postage stamp as recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award; Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
10 February, 2016

The group of 11 Australian tennis legends who received the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award were thrilled with the honour of appearing on their own postage stamp.
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Aussie tennis legends immortalised on stamps
Ken Rosewall. Tennis Australia
10 February, 2016

Eleven Australian tennis legends will appear on their own postage stamp after becoming recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award.
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Laver backs Hewitt’s Aussie open charge
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia plays a bakhand in his match against Sam Groth of Australia during day three of the 2015 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 6, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
8 January, 2015

The legendary Rod Laver has backed Lleyton Hewitt to fire at the 2015 Australian Open.
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