Pam Shriver

A Hall of Fame tennis player and a current sports broadcaster, Pam Shriver has been a dedicated supporter of the Billie Jean King & Friends, Honoring Joe Shapiro Event over the past 16 years. Appreciated for her lively banter with Mary Carillo that has led to some lucrative live auctions over the past several years, Pam will extend her participation once again this evening to include the role of co-Master of Ceremonies.

Shriver won a total of 22 Grand Slam doubles titles during the 1980s and 1990s and also captured a women’s doubles Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. She teamed up with Martina Navratilova to form one of the best women’s doubles teams of all-time. The duo claimed all four of the Grand Slam doubles titles while winning 20 championships. The Shriver-Navratilova team won seven Australian Open, five French Open, four Wimbledon and four U.S. Open titles. In 1994, the pair captured all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles as part of a record 109-match winning streak they achieved between 1983 and 1985. The duo was named the WTA Tour’s “Doubles Team of the Year” nine consecutive times from 1981-89 and won the WTA Tour Championship title 10 times between 1981 and 1992.

Shriver won a 21st Grand Slam women’s doubles title in 1991 when she teamed up with Natasha Zvereva to win the U.S. Open. She was also the 1987 French Open mixed doubles champion with Emilio Sanchez. Shriver won gold in 1998 when she teamed up with Zina Garrison to win the women’s doubles at the Olympic Games in Seoul. She swept all three gold medals (women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles) at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana.

Shriver burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old amateur player in 1978 when she shocked the tennis world by reaching the women’s singles final at the U.S. Open. She stunned Navratilova, the reigning Wimbledon champion, in the semi-finals, 7-6, 7-6, before falling to Chris Evert in the final, 7-5, 6-4. Shriver also won the first of 21 career singles titles in 1978 at Columbus, Ohio.

In all, Shriver won 133 top-level titles, 21 in singles and 112 in doubles. She is one of only six players in the Open Era to win more than 100 career titles. She was consistently ranked in the top-10 in singles in the 1980s, peaking at No. 3 in the world.

Shriver was also elected to serve as the President of the WTA Tour Players Association from 1991-94 and she has also served as President of the USA Tennis Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association.

Shriver retired from competitive play in 1997, but has maintained a presence on the professional tour, providing television commentary for many major events.

Shriver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.

She is the proud mother of three children, George, Jr. (10) and twins Kate and Sam, who turned nine earlier this month.