Signet Challenge returns for 11th year Seles, Pierce headline Shriver's charity event

September 11, 1996|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson had only one thing on his mind yesterday when Pam Shriver announced the lineup for her 11th Signet Bank Tennis Challenge.

"Are you going to let us play the match until the end this time?" said Anderson, smiling.

A year ago, Anderson and Mary Pierce were forced to end their mixed doubles match before a complete set was played. Shriver, serving as the umpire, wanted to get the school kids home by 11.

Anderson and Pierce, who's ranked 10th in the world, will return as a doubles tandem for the Nov. 26 event that benefits children's charities. They will play against Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar and co-No. 1 Monica Seles, Shriver announced yesterday at the Camden Club.

The feature match will be a three-setter between Seles and Pierce, and Andrea Jaeger and John Lloyd will play Shriver and Marty Riessen in a mixed doubles legends match.

Shriver told Anderson: "You can play it any way you want to. . . . But, as umpire, I'm looking for a little more respect. Last year, he [Anderson] stopped by the umpire's chair to wipe his brow on my new warm-up suit.

"I've been watching him all season, waiting for him to go to the umpire between innings and wipe his face on the umpire's sleeve," added Shriver, whose event has earned more than $1.6 million over 10 years.

Seles, who just finished runner-up to co-No. 1 Steffi Graf in the U.S. Open, has agreed to play despite concerns about her serving shoulder.

After losing to Graf, Seles -- who played here in 1990 -- said she would be considering surgery to correct a tear near her rotator cuff during the off-season, but did not specify when she would make the decision.

Event data

What: Signet Bank Tennis Challenge.

When: Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Arena.

Matches: Monica Seles vs. Mary Pierce; Andrea Jaeger and John Lloyd vs. Pam Shriver and Marty Riessen; Brady Anderson and Mary Pierce vs. Roberto Alomar and Monica Seles.

Tickets: Range from $9 to $75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, the Baltimore Arena box office or by calling (410) 481-SEAT. For VIP floor seats, call (410) 296-2929.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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