Vitas Gerulatis

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Birthday
26, 1954
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 17, 1994 (40)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
26, 1954
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 17, 1994 (40)

About

Fast-living tennis star who lived the playboy lifestyle and died from a faulty pool heater.

Before Fame

He won the Grand Slam singles title in 1977, and stayed in the Top Ten from then until 1983.

Trivia

He partied at Studio 54, drove around in a Roll Royce Corniche, and had a drug habit.

Family Life

His father Vitas Gerulaitis Sr. was a tennis champion in his own time, and taught the sport in the U.S.

Associated With

His hard-fought match with Bjorn Borg in the 1977 Wimbledon semifinals was a classic of the age.