Originally Posted by treblings
impressive. i guess many national federations have become more professional over the last decades, with the increasing prize money in tennis, resulting in the sport to become more international
True, in the 1950's it was only Australia and U.S.A. that provided support and training for their promising junior players.
And in the 1960's, the top amateurs from Australia were paid wealthy "stipends" after 1963 to stay amateur and defend the Davis Cup.
Emerson turned down an $80,000 offer from Rosewall and Laver to turn pro in 1964, claiming he could do better as an amateur.