Aivaras Balzekas

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Aivaras Balžekas
Country  Lithuania
Born (1982-04-08)April 8, 1982
Šiauliai, Lithuania
Died October 10, 2005(2005-10-10) (aged 23)
Florida, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Plays Right-handed
College Lynn University
Prize money $5,328
Singles
Career record 0–0
Highest ranking No. 926 (July 8, 2002)
Doubles
Career record 0–0
Highest ranking No. 939 (October 15, 2001)

Aivaras Balžekas (April 8, 1982 in Šiauliai, Lithuania — October 10, 2005 in Florida, United States) was a Lithuanian professional tennis player and a member of the Lynn University’s tennis team.

Balzekas was a member of Lithuania Davis Cup team and earned a career high ATP singles ranking of World No. 926 in 2002. He had played for one season at Lynn in Boca Raton, Florida[1] had earned several honors and titles, including finishing the 2005 season ranked 11th in American college tennis. This continued a successful career that began at the Auburn University-Montgomery, where he was a member of the 2004 NAIA National Championship Team.[2]

Balzekas died at a Florida hospital where he was taken after being struck by a car. The accident occurred on October 8, 2005. At the time he was helping a friend push a disabled vehicle along the side of a road.[1] A Boca Raton man was sentenced to a year and one day in prison for the death of Aivaras Balzekas. David Walsh pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing Balzekas.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top Lithuanian Player Dies After Crash". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. October 7, 2005. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lynn Mourns Loss of Balzekas". www.ncaa.com. October 11, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Boca man pleads guilty in fatal crash". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. March 16, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 

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