Profession: Tennis Player
Why Famous: Vitas Gerulaitis was one of the more flamboyant players on the WCT Tour in the late 1970's and 1980's.
Blessed with frizzy blonde hair, his ranking rose to #3 after his victory in the 1977 Australian Open. He also won the rich WCT Finals in 1978 with a 3-set win over Eddie Dibbs in the Final.
Coached by Australian great Fred Stolle, Gerulaitis won 25 top-level career singles titles and 8 doubles events, including the Wimbledon doubles with Sandy Mayer in 1975.
He retired from the pro tour in 1986 and was a regular tennis commentator on the USA Network 1988-1994 prior to his accidental death in 1994.
- 1977-12-31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Vitas Gerulaitis wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2
- 1979-09-09 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
- 1980-01-12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
- 1980-06-08 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
- 1982-01-17 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl scores a 6–7, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 win over American Vitas Gerulaitis to claim his first of 5 ATP Masters Grand Prix titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC
- 1983-09-09 Vitas Gerulaitis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat 100th ranked male tennis player