Tennis -- and Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States beat Rumania's Ilie Nastase 6-2, 6-0, to win the men's singles final of the Forest Hills Invitation Tournament in New York on Sunday (16 July).
Tennis -- and Vitas Gerulaitis of the United States beat Rumania's Ilie Nastase 6-2, 6-0, to win the men's singles final of the Forest Hills Invitation Tournament in New York on Sunday (16 July). The young American completely outclassed his opponent with some dazzling tennis, and won in a mere 57 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: The final brought together two of the game's most acclaimed stroke players, and produced some highly entertaining tennis. Gerulaitis -- serving at the far end -- is now one of the top players on the international tennis circuit. In this match he demonstrated the high standard and variety of his stroke play.
Ilie Nastase defeated the fast improving American youngster John McEnroe to reach the final. One of the game's most controversial players, Nastase is currently facing a three month Grand Prix tournament ban for his on-court antics. The ban does not cover World Championship Tennis Tournaments like Forest Hills.
After losing his serve in the third game, to trail 2-1, Gerulaitis hit back and won the next 11 games. A mixture of hard hitting and finely weighted passing shots had his opponent all over the court, and hard pushed to return.
Five games down in the second set, and Nastase was serving to stay in the final Gerulaitis who has reached the last two Wimbledon semi-finals maintained the pressure.
A strong backhand passing volley gave him game, set, match and championship, 6-2, 6-0, much to the delight of his local fans.
Along with the prestige of winning the first World Championship Tennis invitation tournament, Gerulaitis also picked up a winner's cheque for 100,000 U.S. dollars.