Vitas Gerulaitis

Country USA
Residence -
Date of birth 26 July 1954(1954-07-26)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York
Date of death 17 September 1994 (aged 40)
Height 182 cm
Turned pro 1971
Retired 1986
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 510 - 221 (at Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 25
Highest ranking 3 (27 February 1978)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1977)
French Open F (1980)
Wimbledon SF (1977, 1978)
US Open F (1979)
Doubles
Career record 164 - 123 (at Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 8
Highest ranking 43
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1983)
French Open QF (1980)
Wimbledon W (1975)
US Open 3R (1972)

Grand Slam singles finals

Win (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1977 Australian Open (#2, held in Dec) John Lloyd 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 3–6, 6–2

Runner-ups (2)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1979 US Open John McEnroe 7–5, 6–3, 6–3
1980 French Open Björn Borg 6–4, 6–1, 6–2

Grand Prix, WCT, and Grand Slam singles finals (54)

Wins (25)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1974 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Andrew Pattison 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
2. 1975 New York City, U.S. Indoor Jimmy Connors walkover
3. 1975 St. Louis, U.S. Clay Roscoe Tanner 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
4. 1977 Ocean City, U.S. Hard Robert Lutz 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
5. 1977 Rome, Italy Clay Antonio Zugarelli 6–2, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
6. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass Tony Roche 6–7, 6–1, 6–1, 7–5
7. 1977 Perth, Australia Hard Geoff Masters 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
8. 1977 Australian Open-2, Melbourne Grass John Lloyd 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 3–6, 6–2
9. 1978 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet John Newcombe 6–3, 6–4
10. 1978 Dallas, U.S. - WCT Finals Carpet Eddie Dibbs 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
11. 1978 Forest Hills, U.S. - WCT Invitational Clay Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–0
12. 1979 Rome, Italy Clay Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
13. 1979 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Pavel Složil 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
14. 1979 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
15. 1980 Forest Hills, U.S. - WCT Tournament of Champions Clay John McEnroe 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
16. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Wojtek Fibak 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
17. 1980 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Peter McNamara 7–5, 6–3
18. 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Jeff Borowiak 6–4, 7–6, 6–1
19. 1982 Brussels, Belgium - Belgian Indoor Hard (i) Mats Wilander 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
20. 1982 Florence, Italy Clay Stefan Simonsson 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
21. 1982 Toronto, Canada Hard Ivan Lendl 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
22. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Eliot Teltscher 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
23. 1982 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Guillermo Vilas 7–6, 6–2, 4–6, 7–6
24. 1983 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 5–5, retired
25. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay Tarik Benhabiles 6–1, 6–1

Runner-ups (29)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1974 Salt Lake City, U.S. Indoors Jimmy Connors 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
2. 1975 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Marty Riessen 7–6, 5–7, 6–2, 6–7, 6–3
3. 1975 Roanoke, U.S. Indoors Roger Taylor 7–6, 7–6
4. 1975 Salisbury, U.S. Carpet Jimmy Connors 5–7, 7–5, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0
5. 1975 Orlando WCT, U.S. Hard Rod Laver 6–3, 6–4
6. 1975 Bermuda Clay Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–4
7. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, U.S. Carpet Arthur Ashe 6–2, 6–7, 6–4
8. 1976 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Björn Borg 2–6, 6–3, 6–1
9. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet Tony Roche 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
10. 1977 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Tom Okker 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
11. 1977 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet Wojtek Fibak 6–4, 6–3
12. 1977 London WCT, England Hard (i) Eddie Dibbs 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
13. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard Adriano Panatta 6–2, 6–3
14. 1978 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Björn Borg 6–5, 5–6, 6–4, 6–5
15. 1978 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet Björn Borg 6–3, 6–3
16. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Björn Borg 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
17. 1979 US Open, New York City Hard John McEnroe 7–5, 6–3, 6–3
18. 1979 Masters, New York City Carpet Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2
19. 1980 Pepsi Grand Slam, Boca Raton Clay Björn Borg 6–1, 5–7, 6–1
20. 1980 French Open, Paris Clay Björn Borg 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
21. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) John McEnroe 6–3, 6–4
22. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet Johan Kriek 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
23. 1981 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Peter McNamara 4–6, 6–1, 5–5 retired
24. 1981 Masters, New York City Carpet Ivan Lendl 6–7, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4
25. 1982 Genova WCT, Italy Carpet Ivan Lendl 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3
26. 1982 Zürich WCT, Switzerland Carpet Bill Scanlon 7–5, 7–6, 1–6, 0–6, 6–4
27. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay John McEnroe 6–3, 7–5
28. 1984 Toronto, Canada Hard John McEnroe 6–0, 6–3
29. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Eliot Teltscher 6–3, 6–1, 7–6

Grand Prix, WCT, and Grand Slam doubles finals (20)

Wins (8)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1974 Roanoke, U.S. Indoors Sandy Mayer Ian Crookenden
Jeff Simpson
7–6, 6–1
2. 1974 Salt Lake City, U.S. Indoors Jimmy Connors Iván Molina
Jairo Velasco
2–6, 7–6, 7–5
3. 1975 Roanoke, U.S. Indoors Sandy Mayer Juan Gisbert
Ion Ţiriac
7–6, 1–6, 6–3
4. 1975 Wimbledon, London Grass Sandy Mayer Colin Dowdeswell
Allan Stone
7–5, 8–6, 6–4
5. 1976 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard Clark Graebner Bruce Manson
Butch Walts
6–2, 6–4
6. 1976 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard Sandy Mayer Eddie Dibbs
Harold Solomon
6–4, 7–5
7. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass Bill Scanlon Mal Anderson
Ken Rosewall
7–6, 6–4
8. 1978 Birmingham WCT, U.S. Carpet Sandy Mayer Frew McMillan
Dick Stockton
3–6, 6–1, 7–6

Runner-ups (12)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1974 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet Bob Hewitt Jürgen Fassbender
Karl Meiler
6–0, 6–2
2. 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor Jeff Borowiak Karl Meiler
Haroon Rahim
6–3, 6–2
3. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, U.S. Carpet Tom Gorman Robert Lutz
Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4
4. 1976 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet Gene Mayer John Newcombe
Tony Roche
6–3, 7–5
5. 1976 South Orange, U.S. Clay Ilie Năstase Fred McNair
Marty Riessen
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
6. 1977 Masters Doubles WCT, New York Carpet Adriano Panatta Vijay Amritraj
Dick Stockton
7–6, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3
7. 1978 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Sandy Mayer Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
6–4, 6–4
8. 1978 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Sandy Mayer Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–5
9. 1980 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay John McEnroe Paolo Bertolucci
Adriano Panatta
6–2, 5–7, 6–3
10. 1980 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Brian Gottfried Peter McNamara
Paul McNamee
6–2, 6–4
11. 1981 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet John McEnroe Brian Teacher
Butch Walts
7–5, 6–7, 7–5
12. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Paul McNamee Pavel Složil
Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–4

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