Vitas Gerulaitis

Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was a Lithuanian American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering with Sandy Mayer. He won the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977 (Gerulaitis won the tournament that was held in December, while Roscoe Tanner won the earlier January tournament). Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open titles, in 1977 and 1979, and the WCT Finals in Dallas, in 1978.

Vitas Gerulaitis
ABN-tennistoernooi in Rotterdam Vitas Gerulaitis in actie, Bestanddeelnr 929-6578
Vitas Gerulaitis at the 1978 ABN World Tennis Tournament
Country (sports) United States
BornJuly 26, 1954
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 17, 1994 (aged 40)
Southampton, New York, U.S.
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1971
Retired1986
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,778,748
Singles
Career record528–225 (70.12%) in Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup
Career titles26
Highest rankingNo. 3 (February 27, 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1977Dec)
French OpenF (1980)
WimbledonSF (1977, 1978)
US OpenF (1979)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1979, 1981)
WCT FinalsW (1978)
Doubles
Career record164–123 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 43 (May 20, 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1983)
French OpenQF (1980)
WimbledonW (1975)
US Open3R (1972)

Biography

Gerulaitis, a Lithuanian American,[1] was born on July 26, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lithuanian immigrant parents, and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens.[2] He attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, graduating in 1971. He attended Columbia College of Columbia University for one year before dropping out to pursue tennis full-time. Gerulaitis was nicknamed "The Lithuanian Lion".[3] His younger sister Ruta was also a professional tennis player.[4]

Career highlights

Gerulaitis led the Pittsburgh Triangles to the World TeamTennis championship title at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena in 1975. Gerulaitis played for the Triangles from 1974 until 1976. He also played for the league's Indiana Loves franchise in 1977.

Gerulaitis was coached by Fred Stolle from 1977 until 1983.

He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975. He was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977 he lost a Wimbledon semifinal to his close friend and practice partner, Björn Borg, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 8–6, a match later considered one of the greatest of the decade.[5]

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.

In 1978 Gerulaitis won the year-end championship WCT Finals for the World Championship Tennis tour, beating Eddie Dibbs 6–3, 6–2, 6–1. By 1978 he was the third-ranked men's singles player in the world.

In 1979 Gerulaitis lost in the men's singles finals at the US Open to fellow New Yorker, John McEnroe, in straight sets. He was a member of the United States team which won the Davis Cup in 1979. He won two singles "rubbers" in the final, as the US beat Italy 5–0.

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.

In February 1981 Gerulaitis won a star-laden invitational tournament in Toronto, defeating John McEnroe in the final after having defeated Jimmy Connors in the semifinal.

During his career Gerulaitis won 25 top-level singles titles and 8 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 3 which he reached on February 27, 1978.

Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and his outstanding court coverage.[6] In 1985 Gerulaitis teamed with Bobby Riggs to launch a challenge to female players after the famous Battle of the Sexes. The stunt, however, was short-lived when Gerulaitis and Riggs lost a doubles match against Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.

He retired from the professional tour in 1986. He was a regular tennis commentator on the USA network between 1988 and 1994.

Gerulaitis coached Pete Sampras during the 1994 Italian Open in Rome, when Sampras' coach, Tim Gullikson, was on a family vacation. Sampras won the title by defeating Boris Becker in the final in straight sets.

Gerulaitis is the subject of a Half Man Half Biscuit song from the McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt album, "Outbreak of Vitas Gerulaitis".

Death

Gerulaitis died on September 17, 1994, at the age of 40. 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 failed to show up for a dinner at 7 p.m. that evening and his body was found the following day by a maid who went to the guesthouse.[7] Gerulaitis' remains were interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

Criminal charges of negligent homicide were later brought against the pool mechanic and the company he worked for. Both he and the company were acquitted at a trial approximately two years later in October 1996. 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. 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."[8]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (1–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1977 Australian Open Grass United Kingdom John Lloyd 6–3, 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1979 US Open Hard United States John McEnroe 5–7, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1980 French Open Clay Sweden Björn Borg 4–6, 1–6, 2–6

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 SR W – L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open (Jan) A A A A A A A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A SF F 1R QF 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 16–7
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R QF SF SF 1R 4R 4R QF 2R 4R 3R A 0 / 12 30–12
US Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 4R 4R SF F 2R SF 1R 3R 4R 3R A 0 / 15 33–15
Australian Open (Dec) Not Held W A A 1R A A 2R 2R A NH 1 / 4 6–3
Win – Loss 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 7–2 14–2 10–2 11–3 10–4 8–3 8–3 3–4 7–4 4–3 0–0 1/38 85–37
Year End Championships
Masters Grand Prix A A A A A A A A F A F R16 A R16 A A 0 / 4 6–6
WCT Finals A A A A A A SF W SF A A A SF QF A A 1 / 5 7–4
Win – Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–3 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1 / 9 13–10
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 9 20 15 19 20 18 22 22 19 20 21 22 15 2 244
Titles – Finals 0–0 1–2 2–7 0–3 5–9 3–5 3–6 3–6 1–4 5–7 1–2 1–3 0–0 0–0 25–54
Overall Win – Loss 7–9 33–19 38–13 31–19 60–16 46–15 64–20 52–19 43–19 61–15 32–20 34–20 12–15 0–2 510–221
Win % 44% 63% 75% 62% 79% 75% 76% 73% 69% 80% 62% 63% 44% 0% 70%
Year End Ranking 131 47 15 18 4 5 4 9 9 5 20 17 81 799

Grand Prix, WCT, and Grand Slam finals

ATP Singles finals: 56 (26 titles, 30 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1974 Salt Lake City, US Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 1. 1974 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1975 Philadelphia WCT, US Carpet United States Marty Riessen 6–7(1–7), 7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–0), 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1975 Roanoke, US Hard (i) United Kingdom Roger Taylor 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1975 Salisbury, US Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 7–5, 5–7, 1–6, 6–3, 0–6
Winner 2. 1975 New York City, US Carpet United States Jimmy Connors walkover
Runner-up 5. 1975 Orlando WCT, US Hard Australia Rod Laver 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1975 St. Louis, US Clay United States Roscoe Tanner 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1975 Bermuda Clay United States Jimmy Connors 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, US Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 2–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6
Runner-up 8. 1976 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Sweden Björn Borg 6–2, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 1976 Charlotte WCT, US Carpet Australia Tony Roche 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 1977 Richmond WCT, US Carpet Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 1977 Ocean City, US Hard United States Robert Lutz 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 1977 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 1977 London WCT, UK Hard (i) United States Eddie Dibbs 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1977 Houston WCT, US Hard Italy Adriano Panatta 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 1–6
Winner 5. 1977 Rome, Italy Clay Italy Antonio Zugarelli 6–2, 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 6. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Tony Roche 6–7, 6–1, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 7. 1977 Perth, Australia Hard Australia Geoff Masters 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 1977 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United Kingdom John Lloyd 6–3, 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 9. 1978 Richmond WCT, US Carpet Australia John Newcombe 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1978 Las Vegas, US Hard Sweden Björn Borg 5–6, 6–5, 4–6, 5–6
Runner-up 15. 1978 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet Sweden Björn Borg 3–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 1978 WCT Finals, US Carpet United States Eddie Dibbs 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 11. 1978 Forest Hills, US - WCT Invitational Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 16. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Sweden Björn Borg 2–6, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 1979 Rome, Italy Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–0), 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 13. 1979 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 1979 US Open, New York Hard United States John McEnroe 5–7, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 1979 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Argentina Guillermo Vilas 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 18. 1979 Masters, New York Carpet Sweden Björn Borg 2–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 1979 Arkansas International Tennis Tournament, Little Rock US Carpet (i) United States Butch Walts 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. 1979 Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico Hard United States Jimmy Connors 5–6, 0–6, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 1980 Pepsi Grand Slam, Boca Raton Clay Sweden Björn Borg 1–6, 7–5, 1–6
Winner 16. 1980 WCT Tournament of Champions, US Clay United States John McEnroe 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 21. 1980 French Open, Paris Clay Sweden Björn Borg 4–6, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 17. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 22. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States John McEnroe 3–6, 4–6
Winner 18. 1980 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Australia Peter McNamara 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet South Africa Johan Kriek 6–7, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 24. 1981 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet Australia Peter McNamara 6–4, 1–6, 5–5 retired
Winner 19. 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Jeff Borowiak 6–4, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 25. 1981 Masters, New York Carpet Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 26. 1982 Genova WCT, Italy Carpet Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 20. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Hard (i) Sweden Mats Wilander 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 27. 1982 Zürich WCT, Switzerland Carpet United States Bill Scanlon 5–7, 6–7, 6–1, 6–0, 4–6
Winner 21. 1982 Florence, Italy Clay Sweden Stefan Simonsson 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 22. 1982 Toronto, Canada Hard Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 23. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet United States Eliot Teltscher 2–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 24. 1982 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7–6, 6–2, 4–6, 7–6
Runner-up 28. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, US Clay United States John McEnroe 3–6, 5–7
Winner 25. 1983 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 5–5, retired
Runner-up 29. 1984 Toronto, Canada Hard United States John McEnroe 0–6, 3–6
Winner 26. 1984 Treviso, Italy Carpet France Tarik Benhabiles 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 30. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Eliot Teltscher 3–6, 1–6, 6–7

Doubles: 20 (8–12)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1974 Roanoke, US Indoors United States Sandy Mayer New Zealand Ian Crookenden
New Zealand Jeff Simpson
7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 1974 Little Rock, US Carpet South Africa Bob Hewitt West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Karl Meiler
0–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1974 Salt Lake City, US Indoors United States Jimmy Connors Colombia Iván Molina
Colombia Jairo Velasco Sr.
2–6, 7–6, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 1974 Oslo, Norway Indoor United States Jeff Borowiak West Germany Karl Meiler
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 1975 Roanoke, US Indoors United States Sandy Mayer Spain Juan Gisbert
Romania Ion Ţiriac
7–6, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 4. 1975 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Sandy Mayer United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
Australia Allan Stone
7–5, 8–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1976 Indianapolis WCT, US Carpet United States Tom Gorman United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 1976 Boca Raton, US Hard United States Clark Graebner United States Bruce Manson
United States Butch Walts
6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 1976 Fort Worth WCT, US Hard United States Sandy Mayer United States Eddie Dibbs
United States Harold Solomon
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 1976 Charlotte WCT, US Carpet United States Gene Mayer Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 1976 South Orange, US Clay Romania Ilie Năstase United States Fred McNair
United States Marty Riessen
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 1977 Masters Doubles WCT, New York Carpet Italy Adriano Panatta India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
6–7, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 7. 1977 Brisbane, Australia Grass United States Bill Scanlon Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Ken Rosewall
7–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 1978 Birmingham WCT, US Carpet United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Frew McMillan
United States Dick Stockton
3–6, 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1978 Philadelphia WCT, US Carpet United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 1978 Richmond WCT, US Carpet United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 9. 1980 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay United States John McEnroe Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
2–6, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1980 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass United States Brian Gottfried Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 1981 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet United States John McEnroe United States Brian Teacher
United States Butch Walts
5–7, 7–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Australia Paul McNamee Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 4–6

Commemoration

The Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Tennis Centre was opened in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.[9] Also, a street in Vilnius is named after him.

Quote

"And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row."[10]

after defeating Jimmy Connors at the January 1980 Masters. Gerulaitis had lost their previous 16 matches.

References

  1. ^ Peter R. Eisenstadt, Laura-Eve Moss (2005). The encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse University Press. p. 910.
  2. ^ Sports of The Times; 'We've Lost Another of Our Kids', The New York Times, September 20, 1994. Accessed November 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Read 'em and Leap". People. November 19, 1979. Retrieved May 14, 2008.
  4. ^ Araton, Harvey (March 4, 2010). "In the court of the ultimate tennis playboy". The Independent. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT - Tennis - Wimbledon History - Classic Matches: Borg v Gerulaitis".
  6. ^ Finn, Robin (September 20, 1994). "Tennis Greats Call Gerulaitis A Friend First". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  7. ^ Gerulaitis died of Carbon monoxide poisoning, Philly.com, September 20, 1994.
  8. ^ Rather, John (October 5, 1996). "Acquittal In Death Of Gerulaitis". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "GB's trip into the unknown". BBC News. September 23, 2009.
  10. ^ "Roger Federer Unbuttoned". International Herald Tribune. July 9, 2009 – via The New York Times.

Video

  • Wimbledon Classic Match: Gerulaitis vs Borg Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006, Run Time: 180 minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR8O.

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Guillermo Vilas
ATP Most Improved Player
1975
Succeeded by
Wojtek Fibak
1977 Australian Open (December)

The 1977 Australian Open (December) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was the 66th edition of the tournament and was held from 19 December to 31 December 1977. Due to a scheduling change two Australian Opens took place in 1977 with the first taking place in January. Vitas Gerulaitis and Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the singles titles.

1977 Australian Open (December) – Men's Singles

Roscoe Tanner was the defending champion, but was upset in the first round by Chris Lewis.

Vitas Gerulaitis defeated John Lloyd 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 3–6, 6–2 in the final to win the Men's Singles title at the December, 1977 Australian Open.

1977 Italian Open (tennis)

The 1977 Italian Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that was played by men on outdoor clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. The men's tournament was part of the Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix circuit while the women's tournament was part of the Colgate Series. The tournament was held from 16 May through 22 May 1977. The singles titles were won by eight-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis and fifth-seeded Janet Newberry who earned $21,000 and $6,000 first-prize money respectively. Gerulaitis competed despite being contracted to play for the Indiana Loves World Team Tennis (WTT) franchise and was fined $19,000 for failing to play Björn Borg in the weekend of the final.

1977 US Open – Mixed Doubles

Phil Dent and Billie Jean King were the defending champions but only Billie Jean King competed that year with Vitas Gerulaitis.

Vitas Gerulaitis and Billie Jean King lost in the final 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 against Frew McMillan and Betty Stöve.

1977 World Championship Tennis circuit

The 1977 season of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1977. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT) and consisted of a preliminary series of twelve tournaments leading up to a singles play-off in Dallas and doubles play-off in Kansas City in May. 23 players participated and the season final was played by the eight best performers. It was won by American Jimmy Connors who defeated compatriot Dick Stockton in four sets. The total prize money for the 1977 WCT circuit was $2,400,000.Additionally there were three special events that did not count towards the standings; the Aetna World Cup held in Hartford between America and Australia (10–13 March), the $320,000 Challenge Cup in Las Vegas (14–20 November) and the Tournament of Champions held in Lakeway, Texas (10–13 March, 10–13 July) and Madison Square Garden, New York (17 September).

1978 Grand Prix (tennis)

The 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of four Grand Slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments and the Nations Cup, a team event. In addition eight World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournaments, a separate professional tennis circuit held from 1971 through 1977, were incorporated into the Grand Prix circuit. Jimmy Connors won 10 of the 84 tournaments which secured him the first place in the Grand Prix points ranking. However he did not play enough tournaments (13) to qualify for largest share ($300,000) of the bonus pool, which instead went to third–ranked Eddie Dibbs.

1978 Richmond WCT

The 1978 Richmond WCT, also known by its sponsored name United Virginia Bank Classic, was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts in Richmond, Virginia, United States. The event was part WCT Tour which was incorporated into the 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix circuit. It was the eighth edition of the tournament and was held from January 30 through February 5, 1978. Second-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.

1978 World Championship Tennis Finals

The 1978 World Championship Tennis Finals was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts. It was the 8th edition of the WCT Finals and was part of the 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix, as the World Championship Tennis and the Grand Prix circuits were now combined. It was played at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas in the United States and was held from May 9 through May 14, 1978. Third-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the title and $100,000 first-prize money.

1979 Grand Prix (tennis)

The 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of four Grand Slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments and the Nations Cup, a team event.

1979 Italian Open (tennis)

The 1979 Italian Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that was played on outdoor clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. It was the 36th edition of the tournament. The men's tournament was part of the 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix while the women's tournament, held separately for the first time, was part of the Colgate Series (Category AAA). The women's event was played from 7 May through 13 May 1979 while the men's event was organized from 21 May through 27 May 1979. After a final that lasted five hours and nine minutes second-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the men's singles title, his second Italian Open title after 1977, and the accompanying $28,000 first-prize money. The women's singles title was won by third-seeded Tracy Austin. In the semifinal Austin defeated compatriot Chris Evert-Lloyd which ended Evert-Lloyd's record 125-match winning streak on clay that had started in August 1973.

1980 French Open – Men's Singles

First-seeded Björn Borg was the two-time defending champion of the Men's Singles event at the French Open tennis tournament. Seeded first he successfully defended his title at the 1980 French Open, defeating Vitas Gerulaitis 6–4, 6–1, 6–2 in the final to win his fifth French title after 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. Borg went through the entire tournament, which featured 17 of the top 20 players, without dropping a set; this would not be achieved by a man again until Roger Federer at the 2007 Australian Open.

1980 Mercedes Cup

The 1980 Mercedes Cup, was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts and held at the Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, West Germany that was part of the 1980 Grand Prix circuit. It was the third edition of the tournament and was held from 14 July until 20 July 1980. First-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.

1980 WCT Tournament of Champions

The 1980 WCT Tournament of Champions was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City in the United States and part of the 1980 Grand Prix circuit. It was the fourth edition of the tournament and was held from May 5 through May 11, 1980. Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.

1981 Grand Prix (tennis)

The 1981 Volvo Grand Prix was the only men's professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of the four Grand Slam tournaments and the Grand Prix tournaments. The World Championship Tennis (WCT) Tour was incorporated into the Grand Prix circuit. The WCT tour consisted of eight regular tournaments, a season's final, three tournaments categorized as special events and a doubles championship. In total 89 tournaments were held divided over 29 countries. The circuit was administered by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council (MIPTC).

1981 South African Open (tennis)

The 1981 South African Open was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Johannesburg, South Africa that was part of the 1981 Volvo Grand Prix. It was the 78th edition of the tournament and was held from 21 November through 28 November 1981. Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.

1981 Volvo Masters – Singles

Björn Borg was the defending champion, but did not participate. Ivan Lendl won in the final 6–7(5), 2–6, 7–6(6), 6–2, 6–4 against Vitas Gerulaitis.

1982 Donnay Indoor Championships

The 1982 Donnay Indoor Championships was a men's tennis tournament played on indoor carpet courts in Brussels in Belgium the event was part of the 1982 Volvo Grand Prix. It was the second edition of the tournament and was held from 8 March through 14 March 1982. Third-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis won the singles title.

1982 South African Open (tennis)

The 1982 South African Open was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Johannesburg, South Africa that was part of the 1982 Volvo Grand Prix. It was the 79th edition of the tournament and was held from 23 November through 28 November 1982. Vitas Gerulaitis won his second consecutive singles title at the event.

McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt

McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt was released in 1991 by UK rock band Half Man Half Biscuit as their third original album (their preceding album having been a compilation). It was the first album released after the band had reformed in 1990.

The title and album sleeve picture are both taken from a Ripping Yarns episode entitled "Golden Gordon".

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