Vitas Gerulaitis

Tennis Player
Born Jul 26, 1954

Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis was a Lithuanian–American professional tennis player. He is known for winning the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. Gerulaitis won the tournament held in December, while Roscoe Tanner won the earlier January tournament. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open titles, in 1977 and 1979, and the prestigious WCT Finals in Dallas in 1978.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Vitas Gerulaitis.


1954 Birth Gerulaitis was born on July 26, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lithuanian immigrant parents, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens.


1971 16 Years Old He attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, graduating in 1971. … Read More


1975 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles to the World TeamTennis championship title at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena in 1975. … Read More
He was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978.
1978 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978 Gerulaitis won the year-end championship WCT Finals for the World Championship Tennis tour, beating Eddie Dibbs 6–3, 6–2, 6–1.
1979 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979 Gerulaitis lost in the men's singles finals at the US Open to fellow New Yorker, John McEnroe, in straight sets.
1980 25 Years Old Gerulaitis reached his third Grand Slam singles final in 1980, when he lost in the final of the French Open to Björn Borg in straight sets. … Read More


1985 30 Years Old Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and his outstanding court coverage. In 1985 Gerulaitis teamed with Bobby Riggs to launch a challenge to female players after the famous Battle of the Sexes. … Read More
1986 31 Years Old He retired from the professional tour in 1986.
1988 33 Years Old He was a regular tennis commentator on the USA network between 1988 and 1994.
1994 39 Years Old Gerulaitis coached Pete Sampras during the 1994 Italian Open in Rome, when Sampras' coach, Tim Gullikson, was on a family vacation. … Read More


1994 40 Years Old Gerulaitis died on September 17, 1994, at the age of 40. … Read More
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