Pam Shriver: I was in an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with my ex-coach when I was 17 | Tennis News

Former World No. 3 and 22-time Grand Slam doubles champion Pam Shriver started working with Australian coach Don Candy when she was nine years old. the couple began an affair, which lasted just over five years, when she was 17 and Candy was 50

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Former American professional tennis player Pam Shriver won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles

Former US professional tennis player Pam Shriver has said she had an ‘inappropriate and damaging relationship’ with her coach which began when she was 17, and warned that sparring relationships are common in the world. tennis.

In a column published in The telegraph On Wednesday, the former world No. 3 and 22-time Grand Slam doubles champion said she started working with Australian coach Don Candy when she was nine years old and he helped her achieve the US Open final in 1978 at the age of 16.

Shriver said the couple started an affair, which lasted just over five years, but fell in love with him.

“I still have mixed feelings about Don,” Shriver said. “Yes, he and I were involved in a long and inappropriate affair. Yes, he was cheating on his wife. But there was a lot about him that was honest and genuine. And I loved him.

“Even so, he was the adult here. He should have been the trustworthy adult… It wasn’t until after therapy that I started to feel a little less responsible. Now, finally, I realized that what happened is on him.”

Shriver added that the relationship with Candy, who died in 2020, impacted his time in court as well as his ability to form normal relationships later in life.

She said the deal ended when she started looking for a new coach, though she kept Candy on as a consultant, and described the next four seasons as the best of her career.

“Don never sexually abused me, but I would say there was emotional abuse. I felt so many horrible emotions and felt so alone,” Shriver said.

The 59-year-old, who has worked as a facilitator since retiring from tennis in 1997, said she has seen “dozens of cases” of abusive sparring relationships in tennis over the past four decades.

“I think it’s possible to educate young athletes, but it probably has to start before they even hit puberty,” Shriver said. “By the time they graduate for the main tennis tour, many role models have already been set.

“And then there are the coaches. The best way to protect their proteges is to put them through an education process before they come on tour.

“It has to be said very clearly: this kind of relationship is not appropriate, and there will be consequences for those who cross the line.”

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