Sunday, 27 February 2011

Richard Berankis, Lithuanian hotness

Richard Berankis was born 21 June 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania, to Jelena and Genadijus. His mother works in a post office while his father is a taxi driver. He has one sister, Lina, who was also a tennis player.

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Berankis resides between Bradenton, Florida and Vilnius, Lithuania. He speaks Lithuanian, Russian and English.

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As of 14 February 2011, he is ranked No. 74 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is the top ranked Lithuanian tennis player of all time.

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Berankis began playing tennis at the age of two. Since he was nine years old, Berankis has been coached by Remigijus Balzekas.

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In the beginning of his career, Berankis mainly played in Futures and Challenger tournaments. He won one Futures singles and one doubles titles from 2006 to 2008. As a junior, he won the 2007 U.S. Open boys' singles final.

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The 2011 Australian Open marked the first time he did not have to compete in the qualifying round to make the main draw. In the first round he defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. In the second round, Berankis defeated former world number 3 David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0, 2-0. He was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round 2-6, 2-6, 1-6.

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