Sue Barker is a British former television presenter and former tennis player. During her playing career, Barker won 15 WTA Tour singles title
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Barker started working for the BBC as a tennis presenter in 1993, and the following year began to present coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships; she stepped down from this role after the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
|19 April 1956
Paignton, Devon, England
|5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
|Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Barker is a former presenter of A Question of Sport.
Aged 16, and ranked 21st in the WTA rankings, Barker was advised by Roberts to move to the United States for her development.
Signed by Mark McCormack’s International Management Group (IMG) on her 17th birthday, she moved to an IMG-provided townhouse in Newport Beach, California, where her neighbours included the newly retired Rod Laver, and was coached at the John Wayne Tennis Club.
Sue Barker Book tour
Spend an unforgettable evening with tennis and broadcasting legend Sue Barker as she shares the remarkable story of her life and career. From her former tennis career as Britain’s No 1 player and world No 3, to her four decades on camera as an award-winning broadcaster, this event will celebrate publication of her all in, once-only autobiography – Calling the Shots.
Rewind to 1971, and Sue Barker’s coach is sending his 15-year-old tennis protégé to a junior championship in France, alone, with a one-way ticket, telling her she’d have to win the money to pay for her return fare. Sue hides in the grounds of the hosting tennis club overnight, to avoid paying for a hotel. The next day, she walks onto court and smashes it. Five years later, and she’s Britain’s No 1.
The same combination of grit, grace and talent took her to the top of live Sports TV. And now, after four decades on camera encouraging other legends to tell their stories, she is telling her own.
Join Sue for this exclusive live event as she takes us inside the showbizzy world of 70s and early 80s tennis. She reveals the battles she fought for hard-won success in two careers, gives us a ringside seat on the nation’s biggest sporting dramas, and a fascinating insider’s understanding of competitors under pressure.
Don’t miss out on your chance to hear from Sue live as she shares her extraordinary life story. As a former tennis champion and an award-winning broadcaster Sue has brought sporting history into our living rooms for decades. Come and spend an evening with this trail-blazing woman who has always called the shots.
How old is she
Barker was born on 19 April 1956 and raised in Paignton, Devon, and educated at a convent school.
|Presenter, Tennis player
|Date of Birth
|19 April 1956
In 1966, aged 10, she was picked out as the second of two girls who were to receive tennis coaching from Arthur Roberts, who had coached Angela Mortimer to three Grand Slam titles.
Roberts continued her coaching beyond the selection prize commitment, charging only £1/session to allow her development to continue. Barker’s forehand was her strongest and most admired weapon throughout her career, with Roberts describing it as “especially potent”.
Advised as a teenager by a visiting LTA coach to change her forehand, Roberts told her not to and he later resigned from the LTA Coaches Association in protest at the advice.
Roberts later entered Barker into tournaments on the continent, providing her with a one-way ticket there and telling her to “earn your ticket home”. Roberts remained Barker’s mentor throughout her career.
Sue Barker is an English television personality and former professional tennis player who has a net worth of $2 million.
|Date of Birth:
|Apr 19, 1956 (66 years old)
|5 ft 5 in (1.657 m)
|Presenter, Tennis player
She also won 12 career doubles titles with various partners including Pam Teeguarden, Michelle Tyler, Evonne Goolagong, Ann Kiyomura, and Candy Reynolds.
Barker now works as a sports presenter for BBC television. In 2008 she won a Television and Radio Industries Club Award for Sports Presenter.