Lithuania Defeats Britain in a Major Upset in the Davis Cup Tournament
Ričardas Berankis. Photo courtesy lrytas.lt
Lithuanian team’s strongest player, Ričardas Berankis, won both his singles matches against his opponents, Dan Evans and James Ward. Lithuania’s Laurynas Grigelis lost his first match to James Ward and, as part of Lithuania’s doubles team with Dovydas Đakinis, also lost to Britain’s Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski. Before the last match in the series Britain and Lithuania were
Laurynas Grigelis. Photo courtesy lrytas.lt
Commentators have been pointing out that while Lithuania only spends about $150,000(AU) dollars a year on tennis, Britain spends a staggering $100,000,000(AU) and has 25 players in the world’s top 1,000, compared to Lithuania’s 3. Lithuania’s win against Britain is thus all the more remarkable. At the moment tennis in Lithuania is not a hugely popular game, but this win by Lithuanians is certain to increase its popularity. The Davis Cup match was played in a stadium in Vilnius named after the late Vitas Gerulaitis, who was born in America of Lithuanian parents and was a world ranked tennis player in the 1970’s.
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