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Roy Emerson
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Tennis Player
    (November 3, 1936- )
    Born in Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia
    Won six Australian Opens (1961, 1963-67), two French Opens (1963,1967), two Wimbledons (1964-65) and two US Opens (1961-1964)
    In doubles, won three Australian Opens (1962,1966,1969), six French Opens (1960-65), three Wimbledons (1959,1961,1971) and four US Opens (1959-60,1965-66)
    Member of eight winning Davis Cup teams (1959-62,1964-67)
    Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1982)
    His nickname was 'Emmo,' about which he said, 'It sounds like a detergent.'
    All his singles Grand Slam titles (and most of his doubles titles) came before the open era, when professional tennis players were barred from Grand Slam events.
    Andre Agassi said, 'Roy Emerson has the most slams and nobody thinks he's better than Rod Laver. Nobody.'
    He admitted, 'I was lucky -- all the others turned pro.'
    His combined 28 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles remains the men's record.
    He got his first two Grand Slam titles by defeating Laver, so it's not as if he would have been dead meat if Laver had remained an amateur.
    Jack Kramer wrote, 'Emerson was the best doubles player of all the moderns.... He was so quick he could cover everything.'
    He won six straight doubles titles at the French Open with a different partner each time.
    Sports Illustrated wrote that he was 'a good conversationalist, a good dresser, a good dancer.'

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