Anderson highlights tourney that features 2 Top 5 players Orioles star's contract talk subplot to Shriver event

November 25, 1997|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

Signed or unsigned, Orioles free-agent outfielder Brady Anderson will play in the First Union/Signet Bank Tennis Challenge tonight as part of Pam Shriver's 12th annual charity event.

"The main thing with us is that because of the Orioles we have a nice friendship," said Shriver, who is a minority owner of the club. "I think because he likes tennis, because of our friendship and because he loves Baltimore he likes to play in this event."

Anderson, who is making his third appearance, will team with Amanda Coetzer against Orioles teammate B. J. Surhoff and Chanda Rubin to close out the evening at the Baltimore Arena following the feature match between Coetzer and Monica Seles, Top 5 players on the women's pro tour.

Beginning the evening at 7 p.m. will be a Smith Barney Legends Match, with Zina Garrison and Fred Stolle taking on Shriver and Cliff Drysdale.

It is, perhaps, the most crowded and ambitious tennis card Shriver has presented in the 12 years of the event. And while tennis fans are interested in seeing if Coetzer will be able to beat Seles for the first time in her career, sports fans in general are eager to learn if Anderson will be celebrating a new contract tonight or announcing that he has signed.

Shriver says people all over town have been asking her about such a possibility.

"It would be neat," she said. "But if it happens it would be a wonderful coincidence. I think people in Baltimore thought they'd hear a long time ago that Brady was signed."

She added that she stays away from the contract side when talking with Anderson, "because except for being frustrated, I can't add anything."

"People were initially looking forward to seeing Steffi Graf," said Shriver, who had to scramble to find a new feature match when Graf said her recovery from knee surgery was taking longer than anticipated. "But once the situation was explained, that was the end of it. It's a good show every year and this year, with two players in the Top 5, Chanda, Zina, Fred Stolle and Cliff Drysdale the fans are going to see a crowded program of world-class players."

Facts, figures

What: Pam Shriver's 12th First Union/Signet Bank Tennis Challenge

When: 7 tonight

Where: Baltimore Arena

Format: The Smith Barney Legends Match: Zina Garrison and Fred Stolle vs. Shriver and Cliff Drysdale. The feature match, best of three sets: Monica Seles vs. Amanda Coetzer. The Orioles Challenge: Brady Anderson and Coetzer vs. B. J. Surhoff and Chanda Rubin.

Benefits: Proceeds are donated by the Baltimore Community Foundation to children's charities, including the Campaign For Our Children; Baltimore Tennis Patrons; and the Northeast Community Partnership.

Tickets: Tickets in the $25, $15 and $9 range remain available. Only single seats are available in the lower and upper box seats and the VIP sections. Call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or visit any Ticketmaster outlet or the Baltimore Arena box office. For information and for VIP floor seats, call 410-296-2929.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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