VITAS GERULAITIS

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

07/26/1954

Birthplace:

Brooklyn, USA

Residence:

-

Height:

6'0'' / 183 cm

Weight:

155 lbs / 70 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

879

Vitas Gerulaitis' Strengths

Serve

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Won Points & First Serve Effectiveness in the Average (69%/30%)
    * First Serve Won Points & First Serve Effectiveness in the Average (69%/30%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (48%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (39%)
    * Received 15% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Points Won (52%)

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Points & 10% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return

Forehand

2 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball (when serving & volleying)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Forehand Effectiveness on the Return Games

Backhand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * 15% fewer Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Won 55% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Very low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 54% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Won 57% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball (when serve & volleying)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * Almost 2 times more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (54%)
    * Serve & Volley (35% of his total points won)
    * Baseline Approach (9% of his total points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (74%) ​
    * Chip and Charge (8% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 1-2 Punch Appraoch (2% of his total points won)

Vitas Gerulaitis' Game Style

Server

High

Vitas Gerulaitis could also count on an effective Serve making on average two times more points with that shot than his rivals. When his first serve was in, 30% of the time it was unreturned and this result for his time was excellent.

Puncher

High

Vitas Gerulaitis could not be regarded as a Puncher because his ratio of points won with the forehand was below the one of his rivals (two times fewer points). He played that shot flat and not with topspin as the Punchers usually do.

Tempo Player

Very low

Using most of the time the backhand slice, Vitas Gerulaitis was nothing but a Tempo player. Tempo players are aggressive with their flat backhands and takes an edge against their rivals making more points than them.

Offensive Player

Very high

Vitas Gerulaitis was a dominant Offensive player. In total, 54% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this result stand much above the general average of the ATP players. When compared with his rivals, he took the biggest edge against them with the quality of his volley. He made made on average two times more points with that shot than them. His favorite way to come in was the serve & volley (35% of his total points won) but he was also excellent with the chip & charge (8% of his total points won).

Retriever

Medium

Even though only 34% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals, Vitas Gerulaitis could Retrieve from the back of the court. His baseline strategy was to put the majority of his balls on his rivals backhand and wait the right one to move forward.

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