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Ričardas Berankis

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Country (sports)  Lithuania
Role  Tennis Player
Prize money  $1,294,986
Height  1.75 m

Career record  58–59
Weight  70 kg
Name  Ricardas Berankis
Turned pro  2008
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Residence  Bradenton, Florida, United States & Vilnius, Lithuania
Born  June 21, 1990 (age 25) Vilnius, Lithuanian Republic (1990-06-21)
Plays  Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career titles  0 4 Challengers, 1 Futures
Parents  Genadijus Berankis, Jelena Berankiene
Similar People  Marin Cilic, Laurynas Grigelis, John Isner, Tim Smyczek, Teymuraz Gabashvili
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Ričardas Berankis ([ˈrʲɪt͡ʂɐrdɐs bʲɛˈrɐŋʲˑkʲɪs]; born June 21, 1990) is a Lithuanian professional tennis player and a prominent member of the Lithuania Davis Cup team. He is the first and only Lithuanian to enter the ATP top 100 (on November 29, 2010) making him the highest ranked Lithuanian tennis player of all time. Berankis has reached one final on the ATP World Tour, at the Los Angeles Open in 2012.

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Early career

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Berankis started playing tennis at the age of two, when his six years older sister Lina took him to her tennis practices. Berankis' first coach was Valdas Adomaitis from Jurbarkas. When Berankis was nine years old he accepted an invitation from Remigijus Balžekas to practise with him at the Šiauliai tennis school (over 200 km from Vilnius). It turned out to be a long term partnership and friendship, Balžekas is coaching Berankis till now.

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In 2004, Berankis won several prestigious junior events (under 14 division) – Tennis Europe Junior Masters, Junior Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships.

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After the US Open Berankis won the Dunlop Orange Bowl tennis championship and one first grade tournament in Mexico and this was just enough to overcome Uladzimir Ignatik and to finish the year as the No. 1 junior in the world.

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In the same year, Berankis won his first (and only) Futures singles title in Albufeira, Portugal. He started the tournament from the qualifying draw and lost only one set in nine matches. Also, 16-year-old Berankis represented Lithuania at the Davis cup third group competition. He won three out of five singles matches in five ties played.

2008

Berankis started the season with futures tournaments in the United States. At the one held in McAllen, Texas, he together with Sergey Betov captured a doubles title. Berankis got several wild cards to qualifying draws of ATP Challenger and World Tour tournaments (including Miami Masters) but it took some time for him to win one. In April, Berankis qualified for the main draw of Humacao Challenger and reached the second round there. In June, Berankis won the qualification and made his first professional ATP tournament appearance at the Orange Warsaw Open. There he lost in the first round to World No. 96 Wayne Odesnik, in straight sets.

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At the US Open, Berankis made his first attempt to qualify for a Grand Slam event. In the first round of the qualifying draw, after losing the first set he defeated David Marrero. In the second round, again after losing the first set he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky, it was Berankis' first victory against a top 100 player in his career. In the final round of the qualifying draw, after winning the first set Berankis lost to Björn Phau and failed to qualify for the main event.

2009

During the 2009 season Berankis mainly played at futures and challenger tournaments. He reached three futures finals in Stuttgart, Istambul and Santo Domingo, but failed to win one. On the ATP Challenger tour Berankis' best result was reaching the semifinals at the Qarshi and Champaign challengers.

Berankis competed for Lithuania in the second group of Davis Cup. In the first round tie against Georgia, he played two singles matches against George Khrikadze and Lado Chikhladze and won both of them in straight sets. Lithuania defeated Georgia 3–2 and moved to the second round to face the Slovenian team. In Slovenia, Berankis lost all three of his matches in straight sets. First, he lost to Grega Žemlja, then he together with Vadim Pinko lost a doubles match to Grega Žemlja and Andrej Kračman, on the last day, he lost a dead rubber to Janez Semrajč. Lithuania lost to Slovenia 0–5.

2010

Berankis started the 2010 season by competing at the 2010 SAP Open, where he defeated Robby Ginepri in the first round, 6–7, 6–2, 6–3 and Björn Phau in the second round 7–6, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, he lost to then-world number 11 Fernando Verdasco 6–3, 7–6. Berankis then failed to qualify to the 2010 Delray Beach main draw, losing in the first round in the qualifying draw.

Berankis played for the Lithuanian Davis Cup team at the 2010 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II tournament. In the first round, Lithuania played against the British Davis Cup team. Berankis won his first match against Daniel Evans 6–1, 4–6, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3. His second match was against James Ward, whom Berankis defeated 7–6, 6–3, 6–4 and tied the series at 2–2. Lithuania advanced to the second round, winning the series 3–2.

The highest-ranked Lithuanian on the ATP World Tour played in three more Challenger and Futures tournaments before competing in the qualifying draw of the 2010 French Open. Berankis advanced to the third round of qualification, but did not manage to advance to the main draw. In the first round of qualifying, Berankis defeated Reda El Amrani 6–2, 6–4. In the next round Berankis defeated Victor Crivoi 6–2, 3–6, 6–0. In the qualifying match for a spot in the main draw, Berankis lost to Martin Fischer 6–3, 4–6, 5–7.

Berankis won his first ATP Challenger tournament at the 2010 Aegon Trophy. In the first round the Lithuanian defeated Frank Dancevic 7–5, 7–6. In the second round Berankis defeated then-world number 93 Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7–5, 6–4. In the quarter-finals Berankis defeated American Ryan Harrison 6–2, 6–2. In the semi-finals Berankis won over former world number 88 Adrian Mannarino 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. He defeated then-world number 137 Go Soeda in the final 6–4, 6–4.

Berankis played in his first Grand Slam tournament in 2010, the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. He became the first Lithuanian player to reach the Wimbledon main draw with three straight-set victories, including an upset win over Santiago Ventura in the final qualifying round. In the first round of the main draw, Berankis defeated fellow qualifier Carsten Ball 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 7–6. In the second round Berankis lost to Feliciano López 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6.

Berankis then competed for the Lithuanian Davis Cup team at the 2010 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II tournament. In the second round, Lithuania played against the Irish Davis Cup team. Berankis won his first match against James McGee 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3. Then he played his doubles match. Berankis' partner was Laurynas Grigelis. They easily defeated James Cluskey and Barry King 6–3, 6–3, 6–4 and ensured the victory for Lithuania. The series ended with the result of 3–2.

After a win in first round against American Michael Yani 6–4, 7–5, Berankis had to retire in his Lexington Challenger second-round match against American Alex Bogomolov, Jr., losing 4–6, 3–4. It was later revealed that Berankis had an arm injury.

He had a couple of days of intensive physical training before he went to Canada for the Vancouver Open. In the first round Berankis defeated Andrea Collarini 6–4, 7–5. In the second round he was victorious against Gilles Müller from Luxembourg 6–4, 6–4. In the third round he overcame American Jesse Levine 6–3, 6–4. He defeated another American, Lester Cook, in the semifinal 6–3, 6–3, but lost to Dudi Sela in the final 5–7, 2–6. However, he gained 60 ranking points in the tournament. Berankis would finish his European hard-court warmup by losing in the first round of Binghamton challenger to American Jesse Witten 4–6, 4–6.

After these challengers Berankis decided to compete in the 2010 US Open, where he qualified without dropping a set. Berankis started the Open with a four-set win over American wildcard Ryan Sweeting. After that match Berankis lost an epic five-set encounter against then-world number 13, Jürgen Melzer despite being up a break in the fifth set.

Immediately following the US Open, Berankis flew back to Lithuania where he played with the Lithuanian Davis Cup team against Slovenia. Despite winning his first singles rubber in four sets, and winning another epic five-set match in doubles partnering Grigelis, Berankis would eventually lose his second singles rubber in straight sets as Lithuania lost the match-up 2–3 and Slovenia were promoted.

Berankis would not play again until the start of November because of numerous injuries. Upon his comeback Ricardas decided to go back to the Challenger tour playing in the 2010 Bauer Watertechnology Cup challenger in Eckental and the 2010 Lambertz Open by STAWAG challenger in Aachen, but lost in the first round in both tournaments. After this Berankis would make the quarter finals of the 2010 Ritro Slovak Open challenger in Bratislava, losing to Stefan Koubek, before going on to win the 2010 IPP Open challenger in Helsinki, beating Michał Przysiężny in the final, to finish the season on a high note, entering the top 100 for the first time and finishing the year at a career-high of 85th in the world, as well as being the youngest player in the top 100.

2011

Berankis started the year at the Brisbane International, where he went through the qualifying draw and defeated Arnaud Clément in the first round of the main draw. He lost in the second round to Florian Mayer, in three sets. At the Australian Open, Berankis had his first direct entry to the main draw of a Grand Slam event. In the first round, he defeated local Marinko Matosevic. In the second round, Berankis won by retirement against then world number 21 David Nalbandian. He was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round, where Berankis won only five games in three sets.

In February, Berankis played at the SAP Open, where he reached quarterfinals in singles and doubles. In the first two rounds of singles draw Berankis defeated Benjamin Becker and Donald Young, then he lost to the eventual champion Milos Raonic, in two tight sets. Berankis' next tournament was the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, where he lost to the eventual champion Andy Roddick in the first round, in three sets. In the first round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, he again lost to the eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro, in straight sets.

At the beginning of March, Berankis came back to Europe to represent Lithuania in the Davis Cup tie against Estonia in Tallinn. He won both of his singles matches against Jaak Põldma and Jürgen Zopp, the recent one took 20 games in the fifth set and 3 hours 46 minutes in total to decide the winner. In doubles match Berankis partnering Dovydas Šakinis lost to Jürgen Zopp and Mait Künnap.

Next, he competed at the BNP Paribas Open, where Berankis got a Wild card to his first main draw of a Masters tournament. In the first round, after losing the first set, he defeated Alex Bogomolov, Jr.. Berankis had to retire in the next round against Fernando Verdasco because of a back problem. This problem started after Berankis skipped post-match procedures and rushed from the Davis cup match to the airport for 36 hours trip from Tallinn to Indian Wells. In the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open, Berankis, after winning the first set and being a break-up in the third one, lost to Feliciano López. After the match Berankis said that his back pain recurred. Berankis' back wasn't fully recovered when problems with groin started, so he had to take some time off tennis and take care of his health.

Berankis came back on court in July, he played three tournaments in United States and faced three first round loses. Firstly, at the Atlanta Tennis Championships he lost to Nicolas Mahut. However, in Atlanta Berankis reached the semifinals in doubles. A week later at the Farmers Classic, Berankis lost to Ryan Harrison, in three sets. At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, he lost to Marinko Matosevic, in three sets.

At the US Open, Berankis lost in the second round of the qualifying draw and did not participate in the main event. During the rest of the season, he played 8 challengers in Europe, where he reached 4 semifinals and one final. Berankis' best performance was at the Slovak Open where he defeated two top 100 players, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Lukáš Rosol, but in the final he lost to local Lukáš Lacko. During the off-season Berankis played an exhibition match in Lithuania against the Lithuanian No. 2 Laurynas Grigelis. Berankis won the match in three sets.

2012

Berankis lost in the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International and the Australian Open. Then, Berankis competed at the Challenger of Dallas, where he lost to Steve Darcis in the quarterfinals. The following week, in the final round of the qualifying draw at the SAP Open Berankis had to retire due to the groin pain. This was not a new problem, it has disrupted Berankis career since last March, so he consulted with doctors and decided to have a groin surgery.

At the beginning of May, Berankis came back on court with representing Lithuania in the Davis Cup third group competition. In the promotion play-off tie against Greece, Berankis won singles match against Paris Gemouchidis and partnering Laurynas Grigelis he won the decisive doubles match against Paris Gemouchidis and Markos Kalovelonis. Next week, Berankis participated in Roma Open where he lost in the first round to the defending champion Simone Bolelli. After the match Berankis said that he didn't feel fully fit and he would skip the rest of clay season.

Berankis made his third and final comeback at the beginning of June on grasscourts. At the Aegon Trophy Berankis lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion Benjamin Becker, in three sets. Next week, in the first round of the Aegon Nottingham Challenge Berankis also faced a loss in three sets to the eventual champion Grega Žemlja. At the Wimbledon Championships Berankis lost in the first round of the qualifying draw to Andrey Kuznetsov.

In July, Berankis reached the final at the Nielsen Pro Tennis Championships, there he lost to John-Patrick Smith in three sets. At the BB&T Atlanta Open Berankis went through the qualifying draw and played his first match on ATP World Tour since last July. Berankis defeated Dmitry Tursunov but in the second round he lost to World No. 19 Kei Nishikori, in three sets. At the Farmers Classic Berankis went through the qualifying draw and in the main draw he won four matches. He triumphed against Björn Phau, Igor Andreev, Nicolas Mahut and Marinko Matosevic to reach his first-ever ATP 250 final, there he lost to local Sam Querrey. Berankis got a wild card to the main draw of Citi Open, there he defeated Nicolas Mahut again, but lost to World No. 15 Mardy Fish, in the second round.

2013

In January, Berankis took part in the qualifying round of the Australian Open in Melbourne and won his three matches to make the main draw. In the first round of the main draw, he defeated Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, in straight sets. In the second round, Berankis faced the 25th seed Florian Mayer, the three-setter took only 1 hour 17 minutes and Berankis won each set by two breaks. He lost in the third round to world No. 3 Andy Murray, in three tight sets.

2014

In December, Berankis have become French tennis league champion. While playing for French side Sarcelles.

2015

At the 2015 Citi Open, Berankis defeated Lu Yen-hsun, Pablo Cuevas and Teymuraz Gabashvili to reach quarter-finals. He lost in the quarter-finals to American John Isner.

2016

Berankis began the year by defeating Andreas Seppi in the first round of Doha before losing to Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets. In Sofia, he lost to Gilles Muller in the second round in two sets. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Alexandr Dolgopolov, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

At the 2016 Memphis Open, Berankis defeated Dudi Sela, Damir Džumhur, and Donald Young to reach the semi-finals, losing to an in-form Taylor Fritz in three sets, despite being up a set.

Berankis reached two consecutive challenger finals in Raanana and Gwangju, losing the former to Evgeny Donskoy and winning the latter without dropping a set, defeating Grega Zemlja and adding a sixth ATP challenger title. These results allowed Berankis to reach a new career-high ranking of number 62 and guaranteed his entry into the tennis event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Personal life

Berankis was born 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. Berankis resides in Bradenton, Florida, but sometimes also visits Vilnius, Lithuania. He always wears a ring around his neck in a memory of his best friend Aivaras Balžekas, who was a son of Berankis' coach Remigijus Balžekas. Berankis speaks Lithuanian, Russian, and English. Ironically, his last name means "armless" in Lithuanian.

Singles performance timeline

Current through the 2016 French Open.

Davis Cup

Berankis is a member of the Lithuania Davis Cup team, having posted a 20–6 record in singles and a 5–6 record in doubles in sixteen ties played.

References

Ričardas Berankis Wikipedia


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