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Encyclopedia > Vitas Gerulaitis

Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954September 18, 1994) was a professional tennis player from the United States. He is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at the Australian Open in 1977. is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York Tennis is a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). ... The Australian Open is held each January at Melbourne Park. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...

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Career

Gerulaitis was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrants from Lithuania, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens. He attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY, graduating in 1971. He attended Columbia College of Columbia University for one year before dropping out to pursue tennis full time. This article is about the borough of New York City. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Howard Beach is a neighborhood in southwestern Queens, New York. ... Queens County, often referred to as simply Queens, is the largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. It is home to New York Citys two major airports (John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia), the New York Mets baseball team, the USTA National Tennis Center, Silvercup... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Queens County, often referred to as simply Queens, is the largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. It is home to New York Citys two major airports (John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia), the New York Mets baseball team, the USTA National Tennis Center, Silvercup... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Columbia College is the main undergraduate college at Columbia University, situated on the universitys main campus of Morningside Heights in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York. ...


In 1975, Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles to the World Team Tennis championship at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. He won the most significant title of his career in 1977 at the Australian Open, when he defeated John Lloyd in the men's singles final in five sets 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2. City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Mellon Arena. ... John Lloyd (b. ...


In 1979, Gerulaitis lost in men's singles finals at the US Open to fellow New Yorker John McEnroe in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The United States Open tennis tournament, commonly referred to as the US Open, is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ...


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 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. In tennis, a singles player or doubles team that wins all four Grand Slam titles in the same year is said to have achieved the Grand Slam or a Calendar Year Grand Slam. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ...   (born June 6, 1956, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former World No. ...


Gerulaitis also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975. He was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he lost an epic five-set Wimbledon semi-final to Borg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 [1]. Wimbledon logo The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as simply Wimbledon, is the oldest and arguably most prestigious event in the sport of tennis. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Gerulaitis was a member of the United States team which won the Davis Cup in 1979. In the final, he won two singles rubbers as the US beat Italy 5-0. The great Australians Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall with the Cup in 1953 The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in mens tennis. ...


He had a career head-to-head record against Björn Borg of 0-16   (born June 6, 1956, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former World No. ...


Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally fast hands at the net and his ability to cover the court with mercurial speed. With his dash of long blond hair he was a precursor, in style at least, to Andre Agassi. Gerulaitis is considered one of the great "might-have beens" of tennis. Some believe that by indulging in a close and perhaps servile friendship with Björn Borg, Gerulaitis may have stifled the aggressive instincts needed to bring a player to the top rank. He is remembered as one of the most pleasing players to watch on court, and a gentleman off court. Andre Kirk Agassi (Armenian: , Assyrian: ܐܢܕܪܐ ܐܓܣܥ) (born April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former World No. ...


In 1985, Gerulaitis teamed-up with Bobby Riggs to launch a challenge to female players after the famous Battle of the Sexes. However, the stunt was short-lived when Gerulaitis and Riggs lost a doubles match against Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Bobby Riggs on the cover of Sports Illustrated just before his match with Billie Jean King in 1973 Riggs at Wimbledon in 1939 Robert Larimore (Bobby) Riggs (February 25, 1918 – October 25, 1995) was a 1930s–40s tennis player who was the World No. ... Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former World No. ... Pamela Howard Shriver Lazenby (born July 4, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland), is a former professional tennis player and current sports broadcaster from the United States. ...


During his career, Gerulaitis won 24 top-level singles titles and 8 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 3 in 1978. He retired from the professional tour in 1986. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Gerulaitis died in a tragic accident on September 18, 1994, at age 40. While visiting a friend's home in Southampton, Long Island, a malfunction in the heating system caused odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where Gerulaitis was sleeping, causing his death. Gerulaitis is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Southampton is a village located in Suffolk County, New York. ... Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... Carbon monoxide, with the chemical formula CO, is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. ... Saint Charles Cemetery on Conklin Street in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York is a Roman Catholic cemetery. ... Farmingdale is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. ...


Grand Slam singles finals

Win (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1977 Australian Open (Dec) John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2

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Runner-ups (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1979 U.S. Open John McEnroe 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
1980 French Open Björn Borg 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The United States Open tennis tournament, commonly referred to as the US Open, is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ...   (born June 6, 1956, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former World No. ...

Singles titles (24)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1974 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Flag of the United States Andrew Pattison 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. 1975 New York, USA Indoor Flag of the United States Jimmy Connors DEF
3. 1975 St. Louis, USA Clay Flag of the United States Roscoe Tanner 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. 1977 Ocean City, USA Hard Flag of the United States Robert Lutz 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. 1977 Rome, Italy Clay Flag of Italy Antonio Zugarelli 6-2, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6
6. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass Flag of Australia Tony Roche 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, 7-5
7. 1977 Perth, Australia Hard Flag of Australia Geoff Masters 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
8. 1977 Australian Open-2, Melbourne Grass Flag of the United Kingdom John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2
9. 1978 Richmond WCT, USA Carpet Flag of Australia John Newcombe 6-3, 6-4
10. 1978 Dallas WCT, USA Carpet Flag of the United States Eddie Dibbs 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
11. 1979 Rome, Italy Clay Flag of Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
12. 1979 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Flag of the Czech Republic Pavel Slozil 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
13. 1979 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Flag of Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6
14. 1980 Forest Hills WCT, USA Clay Flag of the United States John McEnroe 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
15. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Flag of Poland Wojtek Fibak 6-2, 7-5, 6-2
16. 1980 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Flag of Australia Peter McNamara 7-5, 6-3
17. 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Flag of the United States Jeff Borowiak 6-4, 7-6, 6-1
18. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Hard (i) Flag of Sweden Mats Wilander 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
19. 1982 Florence, Italy Clay Flag of Sweden Stefan Simonsson 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
20. 1982 Toronto, Canada Hard Flag of the Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
21. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Flag of the United States Eliot Teltscher 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
22. 1982 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Flag of Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
23. 1983 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Flag of Poland Wojtek Fibak 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 5-5, ret.
24. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay Flag of France Tarik Benhabiles 6-1, 6-1

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Quote

"Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row"after finally beating Jimmy Connors in an exhibition match following sixteen straight losses.


External links

  • ATP Tour profile for Vitas Gerulaitis
  • Davis Cup record

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Vitas Gerulaitis - Biography (465 words)
His father, Vitas, Sr., the tennis pro at the United States Tennis Center in Flushing, gave lessons to Carlos Santana.
Vitas Gerulaitis Youth Foundation, founded many years before his death, supports the Vitas Gerulaitis Youth Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
Vitas Gerulaitis "For the Love of Tennis" Award is presented yearly by the USTA (United States Tennis Association)/Eastern Long Island Region.
Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal (547 words)
Gerulaitis was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrants from Lithuania, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens.
Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally fast hands at the net and his ability to cover the court with mercurial speed.
Gerulaitis died in a tragic accident on September 18 1994, at age 40.
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