[8] Also, a street in Vilnius is named after him. 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. Blond-haired, athletic and flamboyant, he walked about with a confident swagger and had a spark that could instantly energise any locker room.. Mary Carillo, who was 12 when she first met 15-year-old Gerulaitis and his sister, Ruta, a former pro, at the Port Washington Tennis Academy in New York, recalls her first meeting. (This is a flawed argument, since carbon monoxide is actually slightly lighter than air.) He was a singles semifinalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. Ruta Gerulaitis Biography. While he was visiting a friend's home in Southampton, New York, 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. • Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was an American professional tennis player. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. Suffolk County, NY, jury finds pool mechanic Bartholomew G Torpey not guilty of criminally negligent homicide in death of tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, … Gerulaitis played for the Triangles from 1974 until 1976. WTA results and statistics from 1976 to 1978. "And let that be a lesson to you all. The stunt, however, was short-lived when Gerulaitis and Riggs lost a doubles match against Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles to the World TeamTennis championship title at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena in 1975. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Full profile on tennis career of Gerulaitis, with all matches and records. In 1977 he lost a Wimbledon semifinal to his close friend and practice partner, Björn Borg, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6, a match later considered one of the greatest of the decade.[4]. He attended Columbia College of Columbia University for one year before dropping out to pursue tennis full-time. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. 1877 - 2020 If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. 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. Both siblings' native language was Lithuanian.[3]. Gerulaitis died on September 17, 1994, at the age of 40. [2] His younger sister Ruta was also a professional tennis player. Criminal charges of negligent homicide were later brought against the pool mechanic and the company he worked for. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. "[9], Sports of The Times; 'We've Lost Another of Our Kids', "In the court of the ultimate tennis playboy", "BBC SPORT - Tennis - Wimbledon History - Classic Matches: Borg v Gerulaitis", "Tennis Greats Call Gerulaitis A Friend First", Gerulaitis died of Carbon monoxide poisoning, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vitas_Gerulaitis&oldid=985824828, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 04:38. Gerulaitis coached Pete Sampras during the 1994 Italian Open in Rome, when Sampras' coach, Tim Gullikson, was on a family vacation. Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was an American professional tennis player. He was a member of the United States team which won the Davis Cup in 1979. Ruta Gerulaitis (64) is a tennis player from USA. He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975. Sampras won the title by defeating Boris Becker in the final in straight sets. Gerulaitis was born on July 26, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lithuanian immigrant parents, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens. He retired from the professional tour in 1986, and was a regular tennis commentator on the USA network between 1988 and 1994. 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.