Vitas GERULAITIS

Vitas Gerulaitis - U.S.A. - 1977 Australian Open Tennis Champion.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 July 1983

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 26 July 1954
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Brooklyn, New Yoyk, U.S.A. DIED 17th. September 1994, aged 40.
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Vitas GERULAITIS - U.S.A. - 1977 Australian Open Tennis Champion.

Vitas Gerulaitis is pictured above competing at Wimbledon in 1983.

 

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1977 (December).

 

LAST 16.

VITAS GERULAITIS beat DICK BOHRNSTEDT 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
RAY RUFFELS beat TIM GULLIKSON 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
KEN ROSEWALL beat ALLAN STONE 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 9-7
JOHN ALEXANDER beat BILL SCANLON 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
JOHN NEWCOMBE beat STAN SMITH 6-3, 7-6, 7-5
JOHN LLOYD beat CLIFF LETCHER 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
CLIFF DRYSDALE beat KARL MEILER 6-3, 7-6, 7-6
BOB GILTINAN beat CHRIS LEWIS 6-3, 6-3, 7-6
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QUARTERFINALS
VITAS GERULAITIS beat RAY RUFFELS 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
JOHN ALEXANDER beat KEN ROSEWALL 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
JOHN LLOYD beat JOHN NEWCOMBE 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 7-5
BOB GILTINAN beat CLIFF DRYSDALE 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
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SEMIFINALS
VITAS GERULAITIS beat JOHN ALEXANDER 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
JOHN LLOYD beat BOB GILTINAN 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
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FINAL

VITAS GERULAITIS beat JOHN LLOYD 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2 .

 

 

 U.S. OPEN 1979.


QUARTERFINALS.

ROSCOE TANNER beat BJORN BORG 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
VITAS GERULAITIS beat JOHAN KRIEK 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
JOHN McENROE beat EDDIE DIBBS 2-1 (ret.)

JIMMY CONNORS beat PAT DUPRE 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

 

SEMIFINALS
VITAS GERULAITIS beat ROSCOE TANNER 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3

JOHN McENROE beat JIMMY CONNORS 6-3, 6-3, 7-5

 

FINAL

JOHN McENROE beat VITAS GERULAITIS 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 .

 

WIMBLEDON 1980.


QUARTERFINALS.

BJORN BORG beat CORRADO BARAZZUTTI 6-0, 6-3, 6-3
HAROLD SOLOMON beat GUILLERMO VILAS 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5
JIMMY CONNORS beat HANS GILDEMEISTER 6-4, 6-0, 6-0

VITAS GERULAITIS beat WOJTEK FIBAK 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

 

SEMIFINALS
BJORN BORG beat HAROLD SOLOMON 6-2, 6-2, 6-0

VITAS GERULAITIS beat JIMMY CONNORS 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4

 

FINAL

BJORN BORG beat VITAS GERULAITIS 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 .

 

 

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Gerulaitis died on September 17, 1994, at the age of 40.

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 7pm that evening and his body was found the following day by a maid who went to the guesthouse.

Gerulaitis' remains are interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.