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Pam Shriver

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Biography:

The Independence Day born professional tennis player and sports speaker Pam Shriver symbolizes American pride with 133 top-level tennis titles and a world-renowned reputation. Shriver’s singles career took off in 1978 when she reached the women’s singles final at the US open, defeating the past champion Martina Navratilova to qualify. Her solo success continued to progress in Columbus, Ohio the same year where she won her first singles title, going on to win a total of 21 singles titles between 1978 and 1997.

Aside from her singles success, Shriver is famous for her incomparable doubles partnership with Martina Navratilova, whom she won 79 of her 112 career doubles titles with. A historical achievement, she is one of six women players since 1968 to have won more than 100 career titles. Both players reaching individual number one world status rankings at least once, the Shriver-Navratilova duo secured seven Australian Open, five Wimbledon, five US Open, and four French Open titles together. The pair’s talent was particularly showcased in 1984 when they won all four of the major Grand Slam titles together, a continuation of their 109-match winning streak between 1983 and 1985. Not surprisingly, the dream team was named the WTA Tour’s “Doubles Team of the Year” eight years in a row, a title well deserved with ten WTA Tour Championship titles between 1981 and 1992.

With a knack for winning doubles titles, Shriver was also able to experience success with numerous other partners, too. At the 1991 US Open Shriver won the women’s doubles Grand Slam title with partner Natasha Zvereva. A partner easy to collaborate with, Shriver also won the 1987 French Open mixed doubles with Emilio Sánchez. To fully reveal Shriver’s rounded talent, she secured all three gold medals in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba — singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

Although Shriver retired from the court in 1996, she did not leave the realm of tennis. Shriver has provided television commentary for the United States at ABC, CBS, and ESPN, as well as for the United Kingdom at BBC, and Australia at Seven Network. To truly commemorate her contribution in all areas of the sport, Shriver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002, and she was also given the Ambassador Award of Excellence of Sports by the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission that same year. As a former president of the WTA Tour Players Association, USA Tennis Foundation president, and a member on the board of directors of the United States Tennis Association, it seems as though Shriver has tackled just about every facet of the tennis sphere.