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Harry Hopman: A Tennis Legend

By Chris Lewis There was hardly a man in world tennis more respected than Harry Hopman. Right up until his death at 79 years of age in 1985, Harry Hopman could be seen on court every day at his Tennis Academy at the Bardmoor Country Club in Largo, Florida, where he ran a huge tennis […] Continue to read full article...

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First 3 Reviews For My New Vitas Gerulaitis Book

Peter Figura: Hi Scoop, LOVE your book, and what I like the most is personal touch, and the impact that Vitas had on people. I like parts of Sampras, McEnroe, and Pat Cash. And what is really important how people remember the moment he died. Believe or not I am one of those who remember […] Continue to read full article...

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Vitas Gerulaitis Portrait of a Champion book is finished!

Thirty years ago at US Open player lounge I walked by Vitas Gerulaitis, sitting on a coach by himself, in the player’s lounge. A perfect opportunity to do a Biofile interview with the Grand Slam champion. For some reason I declined to approach him, probably something to do with his off court image of hard […] Continue to read full article...

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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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Jimmy Connors strongly believes both Vitas Gerulaitis and Andres Gomez should be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Of Gerulaitis, Jimbo said on a recent “Advantage Connors” podcast: Vitas was seventeen and I was nineteen when we first met, after he joined the Bill Riordan circuit. We hung out a lot together in […] 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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Biofile with Brad Gilbert

Status: Former U.S. Olympian and ATP world #4. Author of popular book "Winning Ugly." Childhood Heroes: "You'd probably be a little surprised by this — Rick Barry. Because I was a huge Golden State Warriors fan. Number one all time — James Bond. And then one tennis player — Nastase." Hobbies/Interests: "Love all sports, I mean, normal guy. I like movies, I like politics. I think the older I get, instead of listening to music, now I listen to news talk radio [smiles]." Nicknames: "A lot of people call me BG. But no profound nicknames." Favorite Movies: "Raging Bull, Marathon Man, Shawshank Redemption." Continue to read full article...

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