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Question Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

JMac believes that he should.

For those that remember him (or at least saw tapes) what do you think?
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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Yes - definately - anyone who saw that wonderful Wimbledon semi-final against Borg would agree I'm sure. I was a bored, restless 6-year-old at the time, and far too young to appreciate my good seats on Centre Court , but I've seen the tape many times since. He was a legend.

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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Just for his endurance and legendary partying, he should be inducted he was # 1 in that field. Seriously he was a very good player, who unfortunately could never beat his great friend Borg.

He had plenty of flair and was very entertaining, just not as dedicated as Borg, McEnroe or Connors, for sure one of the best players never to win a Slam.

I'd vote yes.
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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

simple answer: [B]NO

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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

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simple answer: [B]NO
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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Vitas should absolutely be in the Hall of Fame. He played some great matches in his time, but he could never equal the work of his peers McEnroe, Connors and Borg. They were kind of in his way like Pete, Andre and Courier were with Todd Martin (also worthy of induction). He was one of my favorite players back then when I was a very young tennis fan and TV coverage was very sparse. I loved how quick he could be on court and his sense of humor in the middle of matches. Wasn't the most disciplined guy, but he was great friends with Borg and Mac, and just about everybody else on tour.

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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

I have never been into all this Hall of Fame stuff? I was wondering is there a set criteria for players to reach, if they are to be indcuted?
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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Thank you TF and after reading the rules from the site. I say yes to Vitas getting inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

I think he won the australian open when no one played there in the 70's

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Re: Should Vitas Geralitas be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Usually it takes a couple slams to get inducted into the HoF, otherwise it would be based on sportsmanship or contribution to the game, etc. I haven't seen any of his matches so I can't comment on it. But if he's played classic matches, as have been said in this thread, then sure.

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