Vitas Gerulaitis
Tennis player
Vitas Gerulaitis
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.
Biography
Vitas Gerulaitis's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of Vitas Gerulaitis
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Vitas Gerulaitis
Show More Show Less
News
News abour Vitas Gerulaitis from around the web
BOX SEATS; A Time When Anything Was Possible
NYTimes - over 5 years
He was a tennis prodigy from an Irish Catholic family in Douglaston Manor, a leafy neighborhood in Queens. A gifted athlete, he swayed back and forth at the baseline before attacking the net behind a wicked left-handed serve. He played with a wooden Dunlop racket, wore Sergio Tacchini clothes and gracefully moved around the court in Nike shoes. I'm
Article Link:
NYTimes article
The Tennis Monster - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Forehand: Vitas Gerulaitis (You could almost feel Vitas's throat constrict when he was called upon to hit a forehand. By the time he swung the stick, it looked like he was hitting through honey rather than air.) Backhand: Courier (Has there ever been a
Article Link:
Google News article
Making It on Broadway - Tennis Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The game itself was changing, and that transformation—from wood racquets to graphite, from serve and volley to baseline—was summed up in the epic, five-set, fourth-round match on the Grandstand that year between an old-schooler, Vitas Gerulaitis,
Article Link:
Google News article
Us Open 1981 Guerra dei mondi - Ubi Tennis
Google News - over 5 years
Ma stavolta non ci sarà la volée, e non ci sarà nemmeno la vittoria per Vitas. Gerulaitis, dopo il successo, uno dei più importanti della sua carriera, viene multato perché non si è presentato alla conferenza stampa. Scappa nella sua Rolls Royce gialla
Article Link:
Google News article
Vinci da impazzire Djokovic è a 50 vittorie - La Gazzetta dello Sport
Google News - over 5 years
McEnroe vinse poi quell'Open del Canada superando in finale Vitas Gerulaitis e ottenendo la 62ª vittoria in 63 match. Djokovic attende nei quarti il vincente tra Troicki e Monfils. In nottata la rivincita di Wimbledon tra Federer e Tsonga
Article Link:
Google News article
Farmer Tennis Classic - Harrison, Berankis, Kosakowski | - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
But the best was clearly, the Lithuanian Lion, Vitas Gerulaitis. We used to play $50/corner doubles at Stadium Tennis Center after midnight because the courts were cheap. He was only 17, but boy did he clean our clocks! He was using us to finance his
Article Link:
Google News article
The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
... actor Helen Mirren in 1945 (age 66); tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis in 1954; Olympic gold medal skater Dorothy Hamill in 1956 (age 55); and actors Kevin Spacey in 1959 (age 52), Sandra Bullock in 1964 (age 47) and Kate Beckinsale in 1973 (age 38)
Article Link:
Google News article
Roger Federer and the 15 Greatest Men's U.S. Open Tennis Champions of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
At 20, McEnroe won the first of the four titles by beating Vitas Gerulaitis in the final, thereby becoming the youngest champion since Pancho Gonzales 31 years prior. He repeated his feat in dramatic battles with Björn Borg—one of his greatest
Article Link:
Google News article
Jamie Williams joins The Des Moines Register Sports Hall of Fame - DesMoinesRegister.com
Google News - over 5 years
He enjoyed watching Bjorn Borg, Vitas Gerulaitis and Guillermo Vilas so much, he started banging tennis balls against a wall near his house. Could have been a star, too, says Don Grensing, former Central tennis coach and athletic director
Article Link:
Google News article
Three Sports Books for Summer Reading - Memphis Flyer
Google News - over 5 years
Contemporary players Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis play big roles in the tale, the former as a foil to both Borg and McEnroe, the latter as the hard-living social maestro who brought fun to the lives of two men inherently withdrawn
Article Link:
Google News article
Connors to be honoured at Rogers Cup - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
He lost to Ivan Lendl three times, to John McEnroe twice, and once (by default) to Vitas Gerulaitis. Then again, he could have had a lot more chances. After making his Canadian debut in Toronto in 1974, Connors skipped the event every year from 1975 to
Article Link:
Google News article
The changing view of Roger Federer -- plus, the Open Era's top overachievers - OregonLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He was heavy-legged compared to Vitas Gerulaitis, unimaginative compared to Adriano Panatta -- and yet he won four major singles titles, compared to a combined two by contemporaries Gerulaitis and Panatta. Honorable mention: Jan Kodes,
Article Link:
Google News article
Book's title is a double-fault, but story of early Open era scores - Winston-Salem Journal
Google News - over 5 years
There are chapters devoted to the era's other stars, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis and Ilie Nastase; and great anecdotes about the sometimes head-scratching behavior of these fiveOpen-era pioneers, whom Tignor describes as having been "wild men on
Article Link:
Google News article
Rivalry that defined an era - Livemint
Google News - over 5 years
For instance, Borg's friendship with Vitas Gerulaitis began a day after Gerulaitis lost to Borg in a heartbreaking 1977 Wimbledon semi-final. The two later became the best of friends though Borg never lost to Gerulaitis in their 16 meetings
Article Link:
Google News article
Venus' return blown out by Hantuchova - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
It is doubtful whether Daniela Hantuchova flounced back into the locker room at Devonshire Park and proudly proclaimed, "No one beats Daniela Hantuchova 11 times in a row", as Vitas Gerulaitis was supposed to have done
Article Link:
Google News article
Mehrotra: The Wimbledon Greats - ESPN STAR Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Then there was his epoch-defining 1980 final against John McEnroe (which included that tie-break in the fourth set) as well as the five-set epic against good friend Vitas Gerulaitis in the 1977 semi-final - a match in which Borg prevailed 8-6 in the
Article Link:
Google News article
Andy Murray: Wimbledon's third wheel keeps on rolling - OregonLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Vitas Gerulaitis wowed the galleries in New York, London and Paris year after year -- but he couldn't get past Bjorn Borg or Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe. Miloslav Mecir, the “Big Cat,” made everything look easy on court -- except when he tried to
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vitas Gerulaitis
    FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    Gerulaitis died on September 17, 1994, at the age of 40.
    More Details Hide Details While visiting a friend's home in Southampton, Long Island, a malfunction in an improperly installed pool heater caused carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where Gerulaitis was sleeping, causing his death by carbon monoxide poisoning. Gerulaitis failed to show up for a dinner at 7 p.m. that evening and his body was found the following day by a maid who went to the guesthouse. Gerulaitis' remains were interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. The Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Tennis Centre was opened in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Also, a street in Vilnius is named after him. "And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    Gerulaitis coached Pete Sampras during the 1994 Italian Open in Rome, when Sampras' coach, Tim Gullikson, was on a family vacation.
    More Details Hide Details Sampras won the title by defeating Boris Becker in the final in straight sets. Gerulaitis is the subject of a Half Man Half Biscuit song from the McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt album, "Outbreak of Vitas Gerulaitis".
  • 1988
    Age 33
    He was a regular tennis commentator on the USA network between 1988 and 1994.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1986
    Age 31
    He retired from the professional tour in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1985
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The stunt, however, was short-lived when Gerulaitis and Riggs lost a doubles match against Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his career Gerulaitis won 25 top-level singles titles and 8 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 3 in 1978.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    He was a member of the United States team which won the Davis Cup in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details He won two singles "rubbers" in the final, as the US beat Italy 5–0.
    In 1979 Gerulaitis lost in the men's singles finals at the US Open to fellow New Yorker, John McEnroe, in straight sets.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1978
    Age 23
    By 1978 he was the third-ranked men's singles player in the world.
    More Details Hide Details
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1977
    Age 22
    In 1977 Gerulaitis won the most significant title of his career at the Australian Open, when he defeated John Lloyd in the men's singles final in five sets.
    More Details Hide Details
    In 1977 he lost a long Wimbledon semifinal to his close friend and practice partner, Björn Borg, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6.
    More Details Hide Details
    He was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1975
    Age 20
    He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details
    Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles to the World TeamTennis championship title at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Gerulaitis was coached by Fred Stolle from 1977 until 1983.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 16
    He attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, graduating in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Columbia College of Columbia University for one year before dropping out to pursue tennis full-time. Gerulaitis was nicknamed "The Lithuanian Lion".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Gerulaitis was born on July 26, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lithuanian immigrant parents, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)