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Antony Emerson (29 March 1963 – 23 January 2016) was a professional tennis player from Australia. He was the son of Roy Emerson.

Antony Emerson
Full nameAntony Emerson
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1963-03-29)29 March 1963
Brisbane, Queensland
Died23 January 2016(2016-01-23) (aged 52)
Newport Beach, California
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record0–3
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 285 (23 March 1987)
Doubles
Career record12–23
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 112 (26 January 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1985, 1987)
French Open1R (1986)

BiographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

Emerson was born in Brisbane on 29 March 1963, to Joy and Roy Emerson.[1] He and his father, who was the first man to win 12 Grand Slam singles titles, won the US Hard Court Father and Son tournament in 1978. During his junior career he also had a win over Mats Wilander.[2]

Growing up in Newport Beach, Emerson attended Corona del Mar High School, at the same time as family friend Lars Ulrich.[3]

He was a member of the varsity tennis team at the University of Southern California before turning professional and earned All-American selection in 1984.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Coached by his father, Emerson competed on the professional tour in the 1980s. He made most of his appearances as a doubles player and won a Challenger title with Mark Woodforde in Dortmund in 1985.

On two occasions he made the men's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open, in 1985 and 1987.[5] He partnered Des Tyson in both. His other Grand Slam appearances were at the 1986 French Open with Harald Rittersbacher and 1988 Australian Open with Ramesh Krishnan.[6][7]

Later lifeEdit

Emerson worked as a tennis professional in Miami for many years. Every year since 1983 he also helped run the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, a popular six week tennis camp held in the Swiss town of Gstaad.[8]

Diagnosed with brain and liver cancer in 2015, Emerson's condition worsened rapidly and his father skipped the 2016 Australian Open where he was due to be honoured.[9]

On 23 January 2016, Emerson died at the age of 52.[9]

Challenger titlesEdit

Doubles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1985 Dortmund, West Germany Clay   Mark Woodforde   Russell Barlow
  Mark Buckley
7–6, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shaw, Jean (18 July 1964). "Tickets For Three: Love Match". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Young Emerson Pulls Upset in Rolex Play". The Hour. 2 January 1981. p. 25. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ Boehm, Mike (20 December 1996). "Drumming Into Metallica". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Men's Tennis All-Americans (begun in 1957)". University of Southern California Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Results Archive - Antony Emerson". Australian Open Tennis Championships Official Site. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Sport". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 29 May 1986. p. 30. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Australian Open (In Melbourne, Australia)". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 17 January 1988. p. 82. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ "The Tennis World Mourns As Roy Emerson's Son Passes". Vavel.com. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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