Roy Emerson Biography
(Australian Former Tennis Player Who Won a Record 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles)
Birthday: November 3, 1936 (Scorpio)
Born In: Blackbutt, Australia
Roy Emerson is an Australian former No.1 tennis player who won 28 Major titles, including 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles. He holds the unique distinction of being the only male player to have completed a Career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles. Born in Queensland, he grew up on a dairy farm milking cows. He became interested in tennis as a young boy and received coaching to develop his game. He won his first Grand Slam tournament doubles title with Neale Fraser in 1959 at Wimbledon and clinched his first Grand Slam tournament singles title at the Australian Championships a couple of years later. From then on it did not take him long to establish himself as one of the most formidable tennis players of Australia. Tall and well-built, he was famous for his exceptional level of fitness which he achieved with rigorous physical training. His high energy level paired with his agility enabled him to develop his legendary serve-and-volley style of play and allowed him to enjoy success on all surfaces. His playing career was a phenomenally successful one and he was ranked in the world Top 10 nine times between 1959-1967, peaking at the No. 1 position in 1964 and 1965.