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Close Encounters With Vitas Gerulaitis

By Scoop Malinowski The generous, charismatic, beloved “Lithuanian Lion” from Queens, New York once inspired a dear friend to say: “Vitas wouldn’t give you the shirt off his back if you needed it, he’d go home and get you a clean one.” Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis was born on July 26, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY. Taught […] Continue to read full article...

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Vitas Heart Of Gold Story From John Rast

Forget that Vitas Gerulaitis won a Grand Slam title (1977 Australian Open), a Wimbledon doubles title (1975 with Sandy Mayer), and was ranked no. 3 in the world. Those are enough achievements alone to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. This story alone, this profound example of incomparable […] Continue to read full article...

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I just met a guy who played Vitas

I returned to my condo in Bradenton Beach on my scooter where I must park it at the front gate house. The gate house man noticed my racquet and asked if I was playing tennis. The man named Kyle Johnson proceeded to tell me that he played tennis back in college in the 1970s at […] Continue to read full article...

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Challenged by the “Chess Master”

By Scoop Malinowski While on changeover during playing with a friend at the Washington Bridge Courts in Washington Heights, I ran over to the two guys playing next to us to give them cards. We chatted for a few minutes. Then something new happened to me. I was challenged on the spot by a […] Continue to read full article...

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John McEnroe, New York Ranger?

This week I visited the New York Rangers training camp in Greenburgh, N.Y. and had the good luck to Biofile the former Broadway Blueshirt star Ron Duguay who stated that his favorite sports outside of hockey were golf and tennis. When asked to name some athletes he enjoys to watch from tennis, Duguay, who played center and right wing in the NHL with New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles from 1977-1989, responded, "I became friends with John McEnroe, so I always enjoyed watching John, not just for his skills but for his personality..." Continue to read full article...

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