On this day in Sport: 9 July

Ričardas Berankis, Laurynas Grigelis, Dovydas Šakinis and Lukas Mugevičius may never have been household names for the world tennis community however these four boys had an entire nation behind their back, on this day in 2010.
Lithuania Tribune sports writer Alex Tigani pictured with Ričardas Berankis three years later in 2013. Photo courtesy of Alex Tigani.

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