Mary Carillo Biography
Mary Carillo is a U.S. sportscaster and former professional tennis player. She is a reporter for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.
Mary Carillo Age
She was born on March 15, 1957, Queens, New York, U.S.
Mary Carillo Parents
Carillo was born to Anthony Carillo and Terry Sullivan Carillo.
Mary Carillo Siblings
She has a brother by the name Charlie Carillo.
Mary Carillo Husband|Married
She was married to Bill Bowden. However, she is currently single as the marriage never worked for them. They got married from 1983 and divorced in 1998. Bill Bowden is an Australian tennis instructor and former tennis player.
Mary Carillo Children
The sports personality has two children, a son, and a daughter. Her son, Anthony Bowden, was born on August 8, 1987, and then there’s Rachel Bowden who was born on October 5, 1991. The kids do not seem to be in the spotlight at all and as such, there is not a lot of information out there about both of them.
Mary Carillo Net Worth
Carillo is an American former professional tennis player and current TV commentator who has a net worth of $10 million dollars.
Mary Carillo Awards|Honors
- Carillo received two Peabody Award, one of television’s highest honors, for co-writing with Frank Deford the HBO documentary Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sport, and a Billie Jean King documentary.
- Twice named Broadcaster of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association (1981, 1985)
- Named “Best Commentator” by World Tennis Magazine (1986), Toronto Star (1986) and Tennis magazine (1988–91)
- She Won a Sports Emmy Award for her feature on the Hoyt family
- Won the 2010 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism – first female recipient of the award
- She the ITF’s 2015 Philippe Chatrier Award, for her outstanding contribution to tennis.
- Won a 2016 (Annalee) Thurston Award, for her storied sportscasting career.
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Mary Carillo Tennis Player
She played on the women’s professional tennis circuit from 1977 to 1980. She was ranked as high as World No. 33, in the Women’s Tennis Association Rankings, from January through March 1980, then retired due to knee injuries.
She won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles title with partner and childhood friend John McEnroe. Carillo and McEnroe then made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and later that year Carillo was a women’s doubles quarterfinalist at the US Open.
Mary Carillo Tennis Coverage
She began her television career working for USA Network from 1980 through 1987, PBS from 1981 through 1986 and MSG from 1981 through 1988. Mary then worked with ESPN from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2003 to 2010. She also worked on US Open coverage for CBS Sports from 1986 to 2014.
In addition, Carillo worked as both a host and analyst on HBO’s Wimbledon coverage from 1996 to 1999 and on Turner Sports’ coverage of Wimbledon from 2000 to 2002. In May 2003, Carillo joined NBC Sports as an analyst on the network’s French Open and Wimbledon coverage, having made her debut as an analyst on NBC for the 1996 Family Circle Cup tennis event. Also, she currently does commentary on The Tennis Channel.
Her candid and insightful commentary has earned her accolades throughout the industry, including the distinction of being called “the sport’s top analyst” by Sports Illustrated. She is known for her deep voice, quick wit and pointed a sense of humor.
Like her long-time friend and fellow Douglaston, Queens, New York native John McEnroe, Carillo is known for her colorful turns of speech, and is credited with coining the phrase “Big Babe Tennis” to describe the era in women’s tennis dominated by large, powerful players such as Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Carillo’s unabashed and opinionated style of tennis commentary has drawn criticism from several top players, notably
Mary Carillo Olympic Coverage
She served as Olympic tennis analyst at both the Atlanta and Sydney Summer Olympics and as the skiing reporter for CBS’s coverage at the Albertville, Lillehammer and Nagano Winter Olympics.
During NBC’s coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics she covered bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions.
Her comment that men’s doubles luge is “like a bar bet gone bad” was recognized as “line of the year” in many sports television columns. In addition, Carillo’s work co-hosting the 2002 Closing Ceremony alongside Dan Hicks earned her critical acclaim.
Mary Carillo Books
She has written three books related to tennis:
- Tennis My Way (1984), for which she is the second author to Martina Navratilova
- Rick Elstein’s Tennis Kinetics: With Martina Navratilova (1985), for which she is uncredited
- Tennis Confidential II: More of Today’s Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies (2008), for which she is the second author to Paul Fein
Mary Carillo Film|Movie
She appeared as herself in the romantic-comedy film Wimbledon (2004).
Mary Carillo Board Member
She is a former member of the Women’s Tennis Association’s Board of Directors.