Sue Barker is a former tennis player and TV presenter from England. She won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including a Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3. After her retirement from tennis, she began her career as a broadcaster and she has worked for the BBC since 1993 as well as she has presented coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships; she stepped down from this role after the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to sport and broadcasting, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.
What is Sue Barker Famous For?
- Being a former tennis player and TV presenter.
- For defeating Renata Tomanova in the 1976 German Open championship match.
- For becoming the presenter for the French Open, Australia Open, and Wimbleton.
Where is Sue Barker From?
Sue Barker took birth on 19th April 1956. She is from Paignton, Devon, England. She is British by nationality and her ethnicity is British-White. Her race is White. Her present age is 66 as of 2022. She has not mentioned anything about her parent’s information to the public. She attended a convent school. In 1966, when Sue was 10 years old, she was selected by tennis coach Arthur Roberts as one of the two girls to be coached by him. She continued her coaching beyond the selection prize commitment, charging only £1/session to allow her development to continue. Roberts remained Barker’s mentor throughout her career.
Sue Barker Career Timeline
- When she was 16, she was ranked 21st in the WTA
- Next, she was signed by Mark McCormack’s International Management Group (IMG).
- She won her first top-level singles title and three additional titles in 1975.
- She reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in 1975 at the Australian Open.
- In 1976, she won the German Open by defeating Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia in the final 6–3, 6–1.
- She had the biggest victory of her career by winning the French Open at the age of 20, again defeating Tomanová in the final in 1976.
- After a year, she won two singles titles in San Francisco and Dallas. She reached the Australian Open semi-final for the second time in 1977 and reached the Wimbledon semi-final that year. Sadly, she lost her semi-final against Betty Stöve of the Netherlands.
- In 1978, her rank dropped to World No. 24.
- She won three singles titles and reached three other finals in 1979.
- After that, she reached one final in 1980 and won the last singles title of her career at Brighton International in 1981, finishing the year ranked World No. 16.
- In 1982, she won her last double titles at Cincinnati.
- Before her retirement from her tennis career, she played her last professional match in 1984.
- During her entire career, she won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles, with wins over Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Tracy Austin, and Virginia Wade, Maria Bueno, Rosemary Casals, Andrea Jaeger, and Pam Shriver.
Sue Barker Broadcasting Career
- Sue Barker then became a commentator and sports reporter for Australia’s Channel 7 in the year 1985 after her retirement.
- She then anchored tennis coverage for British Sky Broadcasting from 1990 to 1993.
- She joined the BBC Wimbledon coverage as a regular guest on Today at Wimbledon with Harry Carpenter in 1993.
- She hosted “Today at Wimbledon” in 1994, and from 2000 until 2022, she anchored the two-week-long broadcast for the network.
- She was the presenter of the long-running sports quiz show A Question of Sport since 1997. In September 2020, it was announced that Barker would step down from her role as host of the BBC game show A Question of Sport after 24 years; she stated that she was “sad to say goodbye”.
- Besides this, she has hosted BBC Sport’s coverage of the Australian Open, the French Open, Queens Club Championships, Eastbourne, the Davis Cup, the ATP World Tour Finals, and Wimbledon.
- Likewise, she has hosted Grand National (2000–2007), the Derby (2001–2007), Racing at Ascot and Longchamp (1995–1999), Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the Great North Run, World Athletics Championships, and European Athletics Championships (1999–2009), BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1994–2012), Commonwealth Games (1994–2010), Summer Olympics (1996–2012) and Winter Olympics (1994–2010).
- She announced on 9th June 2022 stating that she would be stepping down from BBC coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championship after the 2022 finals, which she had covered since 1993.
Who is Sue Barker Husband?
Sue Barker is a married woman. She tied a knot with her husband, Lance Tankard in 1988. Professionally, Lance Tankard is a landscape gardener and former policeman. Today, the happily married couple is residing in the Cotswolds in Stanton, Gloucestershire, the UK after moving from a mansion on a 26-acre estate in Godalming, Surrey. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Previously, she was in a relationship with Syd Ball (1978), Greg Norman, Cliff Richard (1982), and Stephen Shaw (1976). In an interview in 1999, Barker said that during her tennis career she was approached by a lesbian tennis player in the locker room and touched “in a way that didn’t feel right”. Barker refused to name the female tennis player involved.
How much is Sue Barker Net Worth?
Sue Barker, the former tennis player and now, TV personality has accumulated the net worht of $3 Million as of 2022. As a commentator, she is making her salary of $450K becoming one of the highest-earning women employees on the BBC. Today, her source of wealth comes from her TV career whereas she was making her wealth from her tennis career in the past. She is living a cool lifestyle at present. She won prize money of $878,701 in her tennis career.
How tall is Sue Barker?
Sue Barker is a beautiful woman with a standing height of 5 feet 5 inches or 1.65 m. Her body weight measures 52 KG. She has a blue pair of beautiful eyes and her hair color is blonde. Her body type is slim.