Shriver serves up more stars Navratilova, Gullikson added to charity event

September 16, 1998|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

The lineup for Pam Shriver's annual charity tennis tournament is star-studded from start to finish.

A day after revealing that seven-time Wimbledon champion Steffi Graf will face 1998 Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna in the main event, Shriver announced her former doubles partner Martina Navratilova, Davis Cup captain Tom Gullikson and former top-five men's player and Maryland native Harold Solomon will join her in the Legends Match at the Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge.

The action will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Baltimore Arena.

"I'm so excited about this," said Shriver, who has been putting on this tournament for 13 years and raised nearly $2 million for local charities. "Steffi is keeping her commitment from last year. I did have to talk a lot to Jana, but she's excited about taking the train here from New York and not having to take another flight, and our event fits well into Martina's schedule. And all the Legends have agreed to play for basically zippo. It's just all worked out."

Rounding out the evening, in the Orioles Challenge, Shriver anticipates Brady Anderson, who has appeared in the challenge four times and -- as he reminds Shriver every chance he gets -- is undefeated, teaming with Graf. Shriver said she also hopes Cal Ripken will be teaming with Novotna.

"I know Brady will play if there is any way possible," said Shriver, who this week was re-elected to another two-year term on the United States Tennis Association board of directors. "And Cal, we'll know definitely, when the dates for the Japanese tour are known and his vacation plans are made. In the past, he's fit it in around his vacation plans."

The event has a new name this year, with Chevy Chase Bank replacing long-time sponsor Signet Bank, which was taken over by First Union last year.

"It was easy to make the decision to sign on as the event sponsor because of Pam," said Hugh Newton, senior vice president of Chevy Chase Bank. "The event is great, but the important thing is it's a quality Baltimore event. It's a natural partnership for us."

On hand for the announcement was Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who thanked Shriver for keeping the event downtown.

"I remember a couple of years ago, Pam was seriously debating moving the tournament to a county site," said Schmoke. "But she was just so determined and wanted to keep it in Baltimore City.

"It's important to our city. It's kept people coming downtown and discovering other things. And it brings world class tennis players here, who also spread the word about our city when they leave."

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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