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Friday Morning Man: Ričardas Berankis

http://www.balsas.lt/09/25/berankiss_px600.jpgIs this guy adorable or WHAT?

He’s 21-year-old tennis pro Ričardas Berankis from Lithuania.

This cutie is the final Morning Man of 2011 as Saturday’s will be comprised of the top five of the year – winners of the 2011 Greggy.

Anyway, back to Mr. Berankis.

He has really put tennis on the map in his country becoming the first Lithuanian ever ranked in the top 100 and is the highest ranked Lithuanian of all time.


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While he is currently ranked 125th in the world, Ricardas has been ranked as high as number 73 and was the junior US Open champion in 2007.

He has spent a lot of his career playing Challenger events which are kind of like minor league baseball. But players earn ranking points at the events and can earn their way into the draw of major tournaments.

Beranakis qualified to play the 2010 French Open, Wimbledon and US Open and got his ranking up high enough to gain direct entry into the 2011 Australian Open.

http://www.15min.lt/images/photos/616193/big/1251707181jkal0218.jpg

http://www.15min.lt/images/photos/616193/big/1251707176jkal0212.jpg

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