Sue Barker was ranked 21st in the WTA rankings when she began her professional tennis career at the age of 16.
Sue gave her all to the game, winning the French Open and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals. However, due to an injury, she was forced to withdraw from the competition. Despite not being able to compete, she was present at the Grand Slam events as a commentator.
Sue is now one of the BBC’s main sports presenters, covering everything from the European Skating Championships to the Olympics.
Relationship Status: Single?
The ex-tennis player Sue was previously engaged to Syd Ball, an Australian tennis player. However, they ended their relationship in 1978.
Sue had a brief romance with Australian golfer Greg Norman after her engagement failed. But it, too, was doomed to failure.
After that, she met singer Cliff Richard, and their romance drew a lot of attention after Cliff traveled to Denmark to watch her play tennis. Her relationship with Cliff, on the other hand, ended in 1986. Nonetheless, they remained good friends to this day.
Her love life did not end there, as she met tennis player Stephen Shaw. However, as time passed, the relationship deteriorated.
Landscape Gardener Sue Married
Before marrying a commoner, the sports presenter had several affairs with A-list celebrities.
Lance Tankard, a landscape gardener and former police officer, was finally her true love.
Sue and Lance first met in Portugal, where Sue was working as a tennis coach and Lance was on vacation, but they didn’t talk and returned to their respective homes in England.
However, the couple ran into each other again at dinner. They gradually began to fall for each other after that, and their relationship eventually developed into a full-fledged romance.
Soon after that, the couple decided to get married in 1988. However, there is no specific information about their wedding.
Sue Barker: Career, Net Worth
Sue was born on April 19, 1956, in Paignton, Devon, England, making her 62 years old. She began playing tennis when she was ten years old.
She became a professional in 1973, earning over 455,000 pounds. Before retiring in 1984, she had won 11 WTA Tour singles titles, but only one Grand Slam singles title, the French Open in 1976.
Sue, who has an estimated net worth of $2 million, achieved the highest career ranking of #2 in 1977. She also reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 1977 and the Australian Open semifinals in 1975 and 1977.
She also won twelve career doubles titles with different partners, including Michelle Tyler, Pam Teeguarden, Ann Kiyomura, Evonne Goolagong, and Candy Reynolds.
She is a BBC television sports presenter as of 2018. Sue won a Television and Radio Industries Club Award for Sports Presenter in 2008. Her average salary as a BBC employee ranges from $190,000 to $199,999.