Roy Stanley Emerson was born November 3, 1936 and is a former champion who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles. He is the only male player to have won singles and doubles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. His 28 Grand Slam titles are an all-time record for a male player. Most of his titles were won in the final years of the period where the Grand Slam events were open only to amateur players, just before the start of the open era when professionals were admitted into tennis's most prestigious events.
Emerson won his first Grand Slam doubles title in 1959 at Wimbledon (partnering Neale Fraser). In 1961, he captured his first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Championships, beating compatriot Rod Laver in four sets in the final. Later that year, Emerson claimed his second Grand Slam singles crown when he again beat Laver in the final of the U.S. Championships.
Emerson's last Grand Slam singles title came at the French Championships in 1967 - the year before the open era began. His 12 Grand Slam singles titles stood as a men's record until 2000, when it was surpassed by Pete Sampras.
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