Wilander, Shriver enter Hall of Fame

from staff reports

   NEWPORT, R.I. -- Mats Wilander knew about life at the top in pro tennis, and Pam Shriver was happy to have succeeded while playing with and against some of the game's greats.
   Wilander, a winner of seven Grand Slam events, and Shriver, part of the most productive women's doubles team in history, were inducted Saturday into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
   "It's kind of a defining moment in a lot of peoples' careers,'' said Wilander, a 37-year-old Swede. "It's something you never think of while you're playing, and then you get the phone call and you realize how special it is.''
   In 1988, when he won three of four majors -- falling only at Wimbledon -- Wilander wound up as the world's top-ranked player. Overall, he won 33 singles titles, including seven Grand Slams. He also won the Wimbledon doubles title in 1986.
   He won the French Open in 1982 at just 17 years, 9 months; becoming at that time the youngest champion in a major.
   Shriver's fondest memory from the game came in 1978, her first year on tour, when she joined the elite of the game for the finals in one tournament.
   "It was (Bjorn) Borg, (Jimmy) Connors, (Chris) Evert and me,'' Shriver recalled. "It's pretty wild.''
   Shriver teamed with Martina Navratilova for 109 consecutive wins from 1983 to 1985. Twenty of her Grand Slam titles in doubles came with Navratilova.
   "I can still remember where I was when I got that phone call to be her doubles partner,'' Shriver said in a 45-minute ceremony at center court, before the Hall of Fame Championships semifinals. "It's one of the reasons why I am standing here.''
   But Shriver takes exception to being called a "doubles specialist.''
   "I get kind of riled up,'' said the 40-year-old Baltimorean. "A lot of people would be awfully proud of the singles record.''
   She made her only Grand Slam singles final at 16, in 1978, losing to Evert in the U.S. Open. Still, Shriver won 21 singles titles and was part of 112 doubles titles -- 22 in Grand Slam events.