Popular Tennis Player Vitas Gerulaitis

Vitas Gerulaitis

Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis is now a memory but had an ambitious tennis career. He was born on July 26th, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York and turned pro in 1971 and within a short span of time he marked a good name in tennis record. He proved his skills in 1977 in Australian Open Tournament where Vitas won one out of two singles titles. Later in the same year (1977) Vitas won Italian Open titles and again won the same title in 1979.

Going through his tennis record, Vitas won 25 singles titles and 8 doubles titles and achieved World’s no.3 rank in singles titles in 1978. He was a man of extra ordinary talents, which made use of it successfully and won a Davis Cup in 1979 for U.S as he was a team member of Davis Cup Team.

Vitas charisma on the court was his quick hands at the net and his vigilant court coverage. He finally got retired from his professional tennis tour in 1986. After his retirement he served as a commentator and coached Pete Sampras in 1994 during the Italian Open in Rome where Vitas coaching helped Sampras and he won by straight sets.

It was an unfortunate day for tennis lovers, when Vitas Gerulaitis died accidently on September 17th, 1994 at the age of 40 and never turned up again from his sleep at Southampton at his friends place. During his sleep he was poised by a leakage in swimming pool heating system through which carbon monoxide seep into his guesthouse. He had spirit, passion and love for tennis and would have showed really high if he was alive.