"I'm so happy I grew up playing tennis," said Emerson. "I got to meet people, and I got good enough to tour the world."
Loudonville resident Graham Jones remembers Emerson's career well. Jones watched Emerson during the height of his career on television while living in London.
"He was a great player " self effacing, unpretentious," said Jones, an 80-year-old who was attending the adult clinic. "You instantly liked him."
Even those too young to see Emerson play knew of his accomplishments.
"I asked (the 15-LOVE kids) if they knew who he was before they started, and they equated him with Rod Laver and (Bjorn) Borg," said Ellenbogen.
Emerson has no plans to stop playing or teaching tennis.
"As long as I can put one foot in front of the other, I think I'll continue to play because I'd rather do that than go to the gym or work on a treadmill," he said.""