His younger sister Ruta was also a professional tennis player. Blond-haired, athletic and flamboyant, he walked about with a confident swagger and had a spark that could instantly energise any locker room.. Mary Carillo, who was 12 when she first met 15-year-old Gerulaitis and his sister, Ruta, a former pro, at the Port Washington Tennis Academy in New York, recalls her first meeting. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5ece7727093ace17 (This is a flawed argument, since carbon monoxide is actually slightly lighter than air.) During his career, Gerulaitis won 25 top-level singles titles and eight doubles titles. Ruta Gerulaitis (64) is a tennis player from USA. Jurors heard testimony that a technician from the heater manufacturer had made adjustments several days before Gerulaitis' death and that even if an exhaust pipe had been longer, carbon monoxide (colorless and odorless) would have still been drawn into the air-conditioning vent because it is heavier than air. By 1978, he was the third-ranked men's singles player in the world. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. Reference Book. While he was visiting a friend's home in Southampton, New York, an improperly installed pool heater caused carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where Gerulaitis was sleeping, causing his death by carbon monoxide poisoning. Gerulaitis coached Pete Sampras during the 1994 Italian Open in Rome, when Sampras' coach, Tim Gullikson, was on a family vacation. • WTA results and statistics from 1976 to 1978. Sampras won the title by defeating Boris Becker in the final in straight sets. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open titles, in 1977 and 1979, and the WCT Finals in Dallas, in 1978. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. Suffolk County, NY, jury finds pool mechanic Bartholomew G Torpey not guilty of criminally negligent homicide in death of tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, … 1877 - 2020 Arthur M. Luxenberg, a lawyer for the Gerulaitis family, stated that Gerulaitis' mother and sister believed the verdict to be fair, and he went on to state that the testimony at the trial "confirmed to us what we always knew: that there were a lot of other people involved in this matter.". Official tennis player profile of Vitas Gerulaitis on the ATP Tour. Gerulaitis was nicknamed "The Lithuanian Lion". Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. 3 which he reached on February 27, 1978. Gerulaitis was coached by Fred Stolle from 1977 until 1983. He won two singles "rubbers" in the final, as the US beat Italy 5–0. He retired from the professional tour in 1986, and was a regular tennis commentator on the USA network between 1988 and 1994. Gerulaitis is the subject of a Half Man Half Biscuit song from the McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt album, "Outbreak of Vitas Gerulaitis". He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975. Gerulaitis reached his third Grand Slam singles final in 1980, when he lost in the final of the French Open to Björn Borg in straight sets. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. "And let that be a lesson to you all. 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.  He attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, graduating in 1971.