Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis was an American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering with Sandy Mayer. He won the men’s singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open titles, in 1977 and 1979, and the WCT Finals in Dallas, in 1978.
|Born:||July 26, 1954, Brooklyn, New York|
|Died:||September 17, 1994, Southampton, New York|
|Plays:||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record:||534–230 (%) in Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup|
|Highest ranking:||No. 3 (February 27, 1978)|
|Australian Open:||W (1977 Dec)|
|French Open:||F (1980)|
|Wimbledon:||SF (1977, 1978)|
|US Open:||F (1979)|
|Tour Finals:||F (1979, 1981)|
|WCT Finals:||W (1978)|
|Career record:||164–123 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking:||No. 43 (May 20, 1985)|
|Australian Open:||1R (1983)|
|French Open:||QF (1980)|
|US Open:||3R (1972)|
About Vitas Gerulatis
Fast-living tennis star who lived the playboy lifestyle and died from a faulty pool heater.
He won the Grand Slam singles title in 1977, and stayed in the Top Ten from then until 1983.
He partied at Studio 54, drove around in a Roll Royce Corniche, and had a drug habit.
His father Vitas Gerulaitis Sr. was a tennis champion in his own time, and taught the sport in the U.S.
His hard-fought match with Bjorn Borg in the 1977 Wimbledon semifinals was a classic of the age.
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