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His 80-year-old aunt, Grazina, the younger sister of his mother Aldona, is the only surviving member of his parents’ generation.
She lives in upstate New York and has never been back to her homeland.
He reached three Grand Slam finals, beating Lloyd in Melbourne in the same year before losing to Mc Enroe at the US Open in 1979 and to Borg at the French Open a year later.
At Madison Square Garden in 1980 he ended a run of 16 consecutive defeats against Connors.
Asked how he had finally managed to overcome his nemesis, Gerulaitis famously replied: “Because nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.” His off-court activities drew as much attention as his tennis.
He liked their company and he probably didn’t get that much sleep at night.” Gerulaitis celebrated his 21st birthday by inviting all the fans at a tennis match to join him at a hotel pyjama party.Vitas senior had won the Lithuanian tennis championship and from an early age Ruta and Vitas junior would spend every weekend hitting balls with him on public courts at Forest Park in Queens. My brother and I went to Saturday Lithuanian school in Brooklyn for eight years. We even danced the Lithuanian traditional dances at the World's Fair in New York.“I remember quite well that we spoke no English on our first day in kindergarten,” Ruta recalled. We were very involved in the Lithuanian community.” Brother and sister both played tennis professionally.Ruta reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon, while her brother became one of the best players of his generation. Other players had more talent, but he was electrifyingly quick and a ferocious competitor, as well as a great entertainer.In 1977 “The Lithuanian Lion” featured in one of the greatest matches in Wimbledon history, losing to Borg in the fifth set of an epic semi-final.