Anderson takes swing for Shriver

Charity event pairings, which include Davenport, are announced by Oriole

September 15, 1999|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

Lindsay Davenport, ranked No. 2 in the world, and No. 15 Anna Kournikova are all set for the Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge on Nov. 23 at the Baltimore Arena.

And Brady Anderson is definitely in the Orioles Challenge Match.

But who will compete against Anderson's perfect record? Since playing his first mixed doubles match in Pam Shriver's charity event in 1995, Anderson is undefeated.

Who will be his challenger?

"Anybody he wants," Shriver said.

Yesterday, at Chevy Chase Bank downtown, Anderson acted as on-site master of ceremonies as the announcement of Davenport's and Kournikova's participation was made official.

Tickets for the event, which benefits children's charities through the Baltimore Community Foundation, go on sale today.

Shriver called in from California, where she is with her husband, Joe Shapiro. Shapiro, a cancer survivor, remains in critical condition fighting a bad reaction to medication he was taking to control lymphoma.

"It's a difficult time for my husband's health," Shriver said, explaining her absence from the scene for the first time in 14 years. Anderson, she said, would fill in admirably.

"The tennis bug bit him. He loves to play and he's undefeated in the Orioles Challenge."

In the Challenge, Anderson has usually teamed with one of the women players against another Oriole and woman player.

But Shriver said that Anderson has carte blanche in choosing his partner or opponent this time around.

"Brady can play with anybody he wants," Shriver said. "If he wants to play with Amanda [Coetzer] against Lindsay and Anna, that's OK with me."

Women's No. 9 Amanda Coetzer began dating Anderson shortly after playing in this charity event two years ago and is the Orioles outfielder's girlfriend.

Told of Shriver's thoughts, Anderson grinned.

"That's Pam's idea?" Anderson said. "Me and three women professional tennis players? I'd have no chance.

"Well, maybe, but I'd have to abandon my girlfriend and take Lindsay as my partner. I'd need someone with a big serve."

Anderson said he has asked Coetzer to come to the event, but suspects her schedule might interfere.

"We've been doubles partners a few times," he said. "But it's up to Amanda. I'm afraid she won't be able to come. She couldn't come last year, because it's at a time when she usually has to do some appearances or clinics.

"Probably, I'll have to suck it up and play with Anna."

Kournikova is one of the most popular women on the pro tour.

"I think because she's the glamour queen of tennis, people overlook the fact that she's a warrior on the court," Anderson said.

As for an opposing Oriole, Anderson said B. J. Surhoff may be willing to return for another year.

"He's willing to take his game out there," Anderson said. "Could be Cal [Ripken], but his back will probably prevent him. He'll probably need his rest."

Shriver anticipates being back in town for the pre-Thanksgiving event and said she plans to participate in the Salomon Smith Barney Legends Match with three other tennis legends, who will be named later.

Tennis Challenge

What: Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge

When: Nov. 23

Where: Baltimore Arena

Who: Includes Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova and Brady Anderson.

Tickets: Priced $9 to $80. Can be purchased by calling 410-481-7328 or at Ticketmaster outlets or the Arena box office.

Benefits: Baltimore Community Foundation Pub Date: 9/15/99

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