Pam Shriver, born on Independence Day, first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 3. The middle daughter of Sam and Margot Shriver showed early promise in a sport she grew up watching her parents and grandparents enjoy. As her tennis game blossomed, she showed her prowess as center on the girls’ varsity basketball team at McDonogh School where she graduated in 1979.
Bursting onto the national tennis stage in 1978, Shriver was billed the "Legend of Lutherville" when she reached the finals of the U.S. Open as an amateur at the age of 16 (losing to Chris Evert). During this run, Shriver made famous the revolutionary Prince oversized racquet invented by the late Howard Head. Throughout the 1980s, she was ranked among the top 10 women's singles players in the world, peaking at number three and winning 21 singles titles. Meanwhile, her doubles career also flourished, winning 112 titles, including 22 Grand Slam titles, 21 in women's doubles (20 paired with Martina Navratilova and 1 with Natasha Zvereva), seven Australian Open titles, four French Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, and five U.S. Open titles, plus one mixed doubles with Emilio Sanchez at the 1987 French Open. While teaming with Navratilova, the two set the record of 109 consecutive match wins from April 1983 thru July 1985. This winning stretch included winning The Grand Slam in 1984. (Winning all four majors in the same calendar year) While partnering with Zina Garrison, she captured the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in doubles in Seoul.
A top player on the women's tennis tour for more than 15 years and a 2002 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Shriver also has become a valued and respected member of the sports media community. She has been a member of ESPN's tennis broadcast team starting in 1990 where she worked even as she continued to play on the professional tour until 1997 when she retired. Her work for ESPN at Wimbledon and the US Open has been viewed by millions as she calls matches from either the play by play or analyst positions in the booth or sit’s court side sharing her mid match observations. In 2021, Shriver expanded her tennis broadcasting skills to the Tennis Channel.
Well known for her interviews with fans and celebrities, Shriver's approach is both straightforward and entertaining. Whether talking strategy with a coach in the player's box - discussing the lure of tennis with the likes of Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Michael Phelps, Henry "Hank" Aaron and Anna Wintour - or mixing it up with the British fans on Wimbledon's Henman Hill (aka Murray Mound), Shriver's charm and professionalism enhance the action on the court for millions of viewers. Shriver is a go-to-interview for all major media outlets across the globe when any major tennis story breaks.
The busy mother of three, Shriver is very active in a wide range of charities, including many in her native Baltimore, MD as well as her current hometown of Los Angeles, CA. From 1986 to 2010, Shriver hosted an annual charity tennis event in her hometown raising $4 Million for local causes including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Baltimore Community Foundation. A past president of the Women's Tennis Association (1991-1994), first elite player to join the USTA board of directors 1997-2003, first USTA Foundation President from 2000-2005. In 2015 with her belief that urban youth would be more attracted to tennis via a multi-sport program, she helped fund and found First Break Academy in Carson, California. Pam is also on the WTA Charities Board of Directors and volunteers for Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) ACEing Autism and JDRF respectively. She has a donor advised fund (DAF), Pam Shriver Fund, to help channel her philanthropy and it is managed by the Players Philanthropy Fund.