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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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