View Single Post
Old 09-01-2012, 11:41 AM   #58
Dan Lobb
Hall Of Fame
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,955

Originally Posted by urban View Post
Maybe there was more than one cause, that explains Emmo's decision. Certainly the pros made more money than the amateurs, who were paid under the table for appearing in minor tournaments over the world. Laver got 110000 $ as a guarantee for signing his pro contract in 1963, as an amateur he got maybe 5000 $ for his 1962 Grand Slam. But the amateur circuit wasn't as hard as the pro tour. I have read a comment of a poster here - Andrew D.- who knew some Queenslanders like Mal Anderson and Ashley Cooper. Apparently those fellow Queenslanders told Emmo about the harsh rigors of the pro tour, the constant travelling and the constant pressure to play head to head tours against the best. Even Hoad remained in his heart more an amateur. So Emmo remained loyal to Hopman and the DC squad, and joined the McCall group only in 1968.
Mal Anderson was Emerson's brother-in-law, so he would coach Emmo on his decisions.
Certainly, $80,000 is substantially more than the amounts you are suggesting for amateur play, so why would Emmo turn this down?
The answer has to be that the top amateur of 1964, Emmo, who was a dominant player, could command more than that on the amateur circuit.
The Australian Tennis team began offering large sums to keep the Davis Cup team together after Laver left the team to turn pro. The "stipend" offered the Aussies was much more than American players received, and quite luxurious (and confidential).
Dan Lobb is offline   Reply With Quote