Originally Posted by Mustard
Emerson would have become an even better player had he turned professional earlier than 1968. He chose to stay an amateur because of the Davis Cup and the relationship with Harry Hopman. Emerson was also allegedly paid money under the table to stay amateur.
Mustard, I believe that Emerson, just like Cooper and Olmedo, would not have improved much if turning pro earlier. He just did not have the potential of being a great player.