Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis
(July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was a Lithuanian–American professional tennis
player. He is known for winning the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open
tournaments held in 1977. Gerulaitis won the tournament held in December, while Roscoe Tanner
won the earlier January tournament. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open
titles, in 1977 and 1979.
Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles
to the World Team Tennis
championship title at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena
in 1975.He 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 a long Wimbledon semi-final to his close friend and practice partner, Björn Borg 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6. 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.
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.
In 1979 Gerulaitis lost in the men's singles finals at the US Open
to fellow New Yorker, John McEnroe
, in straight sets. He was a member of the United States team which won the Davis Cup
in 1979. He won two singles "rubbers" in the final, as the US beat Italy
Gerulaitis reached his third Grand Slam
singles final in 1980, when he lost in the final of the French Open
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