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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 2003, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just got my "Shots"

Many thanks to everyone over the past few months who mentioned Pam Shriver's Passing Shots, either offhandedly or quoting from it. I knew it must be good if everyone thought it was so entertaining.

While browsing a Half-Price yesterday, I saw a copy and scooped it up. I've only read the first 10 pages or so, but I have already laughed out loud several times. And one really neat thing about this book is that it's in the form of a journal, so even if all you have is a minute or so, you can read a single entry and still have a good time.

Pam starts out with a bang, talking about a $200 bet with Chris Evert that she would walk right into the men's locker room unannounced. "I've never cashed the check. You see, unfortunately, it's still the only time I've ever beaten Chris." Priceless.

Looking forward to the rest of this book.
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I really need to look for this book on eBay! Pam is such a riot.

Didn't Pam finally beat Chris in 1987 or 1988???
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this book is one my absolute favorite books! (alice marble's book, courting danger being another) Pam's sense of humor cracks me up... refering to the maleeva sisters as boo and hoo was classic...

jay

btw Pam won 3 of thier last 5 matches in 87-88
1987:
Evert d. 6-1 6-3 Dallas Carpet F
Shriver d. 6-1 6-4 Canadian Open Hard SF
Evert d. 7-5 6-3 Filderstadt Carpet SF
Shriver d. 6-4 4-6 6-0 New England Carpet F

1988:
Shriver d. 6-4 7-5 Virginia Slims Champs Carpet QF
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I really need to look for this book on eBay! Pam is such a riot.

Didn't Pam finally beat Chris in 1987 or 1988???

Mark ~ try half.com I paid less then 4 bucks for the book. It's a used book store online. I have purchased many books and CD's from them. You don't have to bid or anything like that. It's safe to use your CC there. It's now owned by ebay.
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I put this book aside for a while because I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once. I picked it up again today and I just about wet myself laughing while eating lunch.

One excerpt, talking about her first ever tournament win, in Columbus:

"After fourteen days, twelve matches and two snowstorms, I won my first pro tournament, but the dream final -- [Renee] Richards vs. Shriver -- never materialized. Renee lost in the semifinals to Kate Latham. At that time, Renee was still getting a lot of publicity and had become sort of the spokessperson for transsexuals. I remember I was sitting in the player lounge doing my term paper for school when this woman, or what I thought was a woman, came in looking for Renee. She must have weighed about 300 pounds and looked like a refrigerator. I was wide-eyed. I ran to Don and said, "Don! The place is swarming with them!

"The locker room would have been frightening enough for me even if Renee hadn't been there. I couldn't get over it. There were naked women all over the place. I mean naked....And Renee was the most flagrant of all. She knew everybody was really checking her out. I sure was. But I could see that if ever I wanted to become a genuine grown-up professional tennis player, I would have to get used to this. In fact, now I can stroll the locker room buck naked with the best of them."


And:


"Women tennis players call themselves girls. Maybe anything else would be too formal. I don't know. It's the equivalent to male players calling themselves guys.

"I break it down this way: If we go to a party or a function where we have to get all dressed up, we're women, but if we're at the tennis club wearing track suits, we're girls -- except when we're bitches, of course."


And:


"I thought ProServ did a great job marketing Tracy [Austin], especially given her personality and her public-speaking ability."


Then after all that, she says some wonderful, sad and touching things about Andrea Jaeger. Not being a thorough tennis history buff, I never knew Andrea had so much potential. During this segment, she says, "Andrea is one of the most thoughtful, considerate players I've ever met, and thoughtful people are not made for life on the pro tour...If you live and play on the tour, water definitely has to roll off your back."


Great stuff. Now that it's years later, she needs to write another book.
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I put this book aside for a while because I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once. I picked it up again today and I just about wet myself laughing while eating lunch.

One excerpt, talking about her first ever tournament win, in Columbus:

"After fourteen days, twelve matches and two snowstorms, I won my first pro tournament, but the dream final -- [Renee] Richards vs. Shriver -- never materialized. Renee lost in the semifinals to Kate Latham. At that time, Renee was still getting a lot of publicity and had become sort of the spokessperson for transsexuals. I remember I was sitting in the player lounge doing my term paper for school when this woman, or what I thought was a woman, came in looking for Renee. She must have weighed about 300 pounds and looked like a refrigerator. I was wide-eyed. I ran to Don and said, "Don! The place is swarming with them!

"The locker room would have been frightening enough for me even if Renee hadn't been there. I couldn't get over it. There were naked women all over the place. I mean naked....And Renee was the most flagrant of all. She knew everybody was really checking her out. I sure was. But I could see that if ever I wanted to become a genuine grown-up professional tennis player, I would have to get used to this. In fact, now I can stroll the locker room buck naked with the best of them."


And:


"Women tennis players call themselves girls. Maybe anything else would be too formal. I don't know. It's the equivalent to male players calling themselves guys.

"I break it down this way: If we go to a party or a function where we have to get all dressed up, we're women, but if we're at the tennis club wearing track suits, we're girls -- except when we're bitches, of course."


And:


"I thought ProServ did a great job marketing Tracy [Austin], especially given her personality and her public-speaking ability."


Then after all that, she says some wonderful, sad and touching things about Andrea Jaeger. Not being a thorough tennis history buff, I never knew Andrea had so much potential. During this segment, she says, "Andrea is one of the most thoughtful, considerate players I've ever met, and thoughtful people are not made for life on the pro tour...If you live and play on the tour, water definitely has to roll off your back."


Great stuff. Now that it's years later, she needs to write another book.
WOW - I need to get this book! I have read "ladies of the court" and 2 others that I cant recal the names. But they were really intersting!
I want this book now. Oh -one of the books was a Navratilova book - and I read a Pete Sampras book. And of course I have read every Monica book I can find!!!!
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