Ričardas Berankis

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Ričardas Berankis
R. Berankis.jpg
Wimbledon 2010
Country  Lithuania
Residence Bradenton, Florida, United States & Vilnius, Lithuania
Born (1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 24)
Vilnius, Lithuanian Republic
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,038,815
Singles
Career record 53–47
Career titles 0
4 Challengers, 1 Futures
Highest ranking No. 67 (May 6, 2013)
Current ranking No. 85 (January 19, 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2011, 2013)
French Open 1R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2010)
US Open 2R (2010)
Doubles
Career record 10–11
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 1 Futures
Highest ranking No. 285 (November 28, 2011)
Current ranking No. 558 (January 19, 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (2013)
Last updated on: January 19, 2015.

Ričardas Berankis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[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.

Tennis career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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 Rimvydas Mugevičius. 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).[1] It turned out to be a long term partnership and friendship, Balžekas is coaching Berankis till now.

In 2004, Berankis won several prestigious junior events (under 14 division) – Tennis Europe Junior Masters, Junior Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships.[2]

Tournament 2006 2007
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R SF
French Open A QF
Wimbledon A SF
US Open Q1 W

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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

2008[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

2009[edit]

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[12] and Lado Chikhladze[13] 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.[14]

2010[edit]

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[15] and Björn Phau in the second round 7–6, 6–3.[16] In the quarterfinals, he lost to then-world number 11 Fernando Verdasco 6–3, 7–6.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] In the next round Berankis defeated Victor Crivoi 6–2, 3–6, 6–0.[21] In the qualifying match for a spot in the main draw, Berankis lost to Martin Fischer 6–3, 4–6, 5–7.[22]

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.[23] In the second round Berankis defeated then-world number 93 Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7–5, 6–4.[24] In the quarter-finals Berankis defeated American Ryan Harrison 6–2, 6–2.[23] In the semi-finals Berankis won over former world number 88 Adrian Mannarino 6–3, 3–6, 6–4.[25] He defeated then-world number 137 Go Soeda in the final 6–4, 6–4.[26]

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.[27] In the first round of the main draw, Berankis defeated fellow qualifier Carsten Ball 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 7–6.[28] In the second round Berankis lost to Feliciano López 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32]

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.[33] 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.[34]

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.[35]

2011[edit]

Berankis started the year at the Brisbane International, where he went through the qualifying draw[36] and defeated Arnaud Clément in the first round of the main draw.[37] He lost in the second round to Florian Mayer, in three sets.[38] 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.[39] In the second round, Berankis won by retirement against then world number 21 David Nalbandian.[40] He was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round, where Berankis won only five games in three sets.[41]

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[42] and Donald Young,[43] then he lost to the eventual champion Milos Raonic, in two tight sets.[44] 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.[45] 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.[46]

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.[47] In doubles match Berankis partnering Dovydas Šakinis lost to Jürgen Zopp and Mait Künnap.[48]

Next, he competed at the BNP Paribas Open, where Berankis got a Wild card to his first main draw of a Masters tournament.[49] In the first round, after losing the first set, he defeated Alex Bogomolov, Jr..[50] Berankis had to retire in the next round against Fernando Verdasco because of a back problem.[51] 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.[52] 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.[53] After the match Berankis said that his back pain recurred.[54] 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.[55]

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.[56] However, in Atlanta Berankis reached the semifinals in doubles.[57] A week later at the Farmers Classic, Berankis lost to Ryan Harrison, in three sets.[58] At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, he lost to Marinko Matosevic, in three sets.[59]

At the US Open, Berankis lost in the second round of the qualifying draw and did not participate in the main event.[60] 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[61] and Lukáš Rosol,[62] but in the final he lost to local Lukáš Lacko.[63] 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.[64]

2012[edit]

Berankis at the 2012 US Open

Berankis lost in the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International[65] and the Australian Open.[66] Then, Berankis competed at the Challenger of Dallas, where he lost to Steve Darcis in the quarterfinals.[67] The following week, in the final round of the qualifying draw at the SAP Open Berankis had to retire due to the groin pain.[68] 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.[69]

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.[70][71] Next week, Berankis participated in Roma Open where he lost in the first round to the defending champion Simone Bolelli.[72] 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.[73] 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[edit]

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.[74] He lost in the third round to world No. 3 Andy Murray, in three tight sets.[75]

Personal life[edit]

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 Balzekas, who was a son of Berankis' coach Remigijus Balžekas. Berankis speaks Lithuanian, Russian, and English. Ironically, his last name means "armless" in Lithuanian.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Outdoors (0–1)
Indoors (0–0)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up July 29, 2012 Los Angeles Open, Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Sam Querrey 0–6, 2–6

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Men's Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (5–7)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (4–4)
Futures (1–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–7)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Outdoors (3–4)
Indoors (2–3)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner March 18, 2007 Albufeira, Portugal Hard Belgium Niels Desein 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up January 18, 2009 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Czech Republic Jan Mertl 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up September 13, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Kazakhstan Alexey Kedryuk 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up November 29, 2009 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Hard Dominican Republic Víctor Estrella 5–7, 1–6
Winner June 6, 2010 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Japan Go Soeda 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up August 8, 2010 Vancouver, Canada Hard Israel Dudi Sela 5–7, 2–6
Winner November 28, 2010 Helsinki, Finland Hard (i) Poland Michał Przysiężny 6–1, 2–0 ret.
Runner-up November 20, 2011 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Slovakia Lukáš Lacko 6–7(7–9), 2–6
Runner-up July 7, 2012 Winnetka, United States Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up November 17, 2013 Helsinki, Finland Hard (i) Finland Jarkko Nieminen 3–6, 1–6
Winner July 27, 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard Turkey Marsel İlhan 7–5, 5–7, 6–3
Winner November 23, 2014 Andria, Italy Carpet (i) Georgia (country) Nikoloz Basilashvili 6–4, 1–0, ret.

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
Futures (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Outdoors (1–0)
Indoors (0–1)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner March 9, 2008 McAllen, Texas, United States Hard Belarus Sergey Betov United States Adam El Mihdawy
Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up September 29, 2013 Orléans, United States Hard (i) Croatia Franko Škugor Ukraine Illya Marchenko
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
7–5, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through the 2015 Australian Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Career SR Career W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R Q2 3R 1R 2R 0 / 4 5–4
French Open A A Q3 A A 1R Q3 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A 2R A Q1 1R Q3 0 / 2 1–2
US Open Q3 A 2R Q2 Q3 1R Q3 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–4 0–1 1–1 0 / 9 7–9
Davis Cup
Davis Cup Singles A Z2 Z2 Z2 Z3 Z2 Z2
Win–Loss 0–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 5–0 0–0 0 / 5 15–3
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A 2R A Q2 A A 0 / 1 1–1
Miami Q1 A A 1R A 1R Q1 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada A A A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati A A A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai NMS A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Paris A A A A Q2 A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0 / 4 1–4
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 2 0 3 10 5 16 7 4 47
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Hardcourt Win–Loss 0–0 2–0 6–3 8–10 10–5 10–9 9–4 5–5 0 / 34 50–36
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–0 0 / 5 1–5
Carpet Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 0 1–0
Clay Win–Loss 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 2–2 0–0 0 / 8 5–10
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 2–2 8–4 8–10 10–5 13–16 11–7 5–5 0 / 47 57–51
Win % 0% 50% 67% 44% 67% 45% 61% 50% Career total: 53%
Year End Ranking 459 324 87 125 114 131 86

Davis Cup[edit]

Berankis is a member of the Lithuania Davis Cup team, having posted a 19–5 record in singles and a 5–5 record in doubles in sixteen ties played.

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  69. ^ "Ričardas Berankis needs a surgery, he will be out of tennis for six weeks" (in Lithuanian). deuce.lt. 
  70. ^ "Ričardas Berankis came back on court and draged Lithuania to the second group of Davis Cup" (in Lithuanian). deuce.lt. 
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Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker
ITF Junior World Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Chinese Taipei Yang Tsung-hua