NEW YORK — A world championship seniors tennis tournament, the first of its kind, has been set for next May with prize money of $100,000.
Rod Laver, the only man to complete two Grand Slams, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Fred Stolle, Cliff Drysdale and Marty Riessen are among the grand old names expected to compete.
"This is a fantastic idea for senior tennis, although it may be a little late for me," said Emerson, 51, the U.S. National champion in 1961 and 1964 and a two-time Wimbledon champion. "Senior golf has done real well and there's no reason senior tennis can't do the same.
"There is decent prize money, so there will be a lot of incentive for top players. You may not have a (Jimmy) Connors or (John) McEnroe take part, but at least it's there if they want it."