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Former tennis champion, grand slam winner and host of 'A Question of Sport'
Susan Barker CBE is an English former television presenter and professional tennis player. During her playing career, Barker won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including a major singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 3.
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About Sue Barker
Sue Barker is famed as a former professional tennis player, who now is a staple presenter on British television. She is one of Britain’s most successful tennis players of all time, having won 11 WTA Tour singles titles, including a Grand Slam at the 1976 French Open, and 12 doubles titles. Having also been ranked World No.3, Sue is now a regular on national television, providing audiences with an insight into the world of sport. A natural in front of the camera, Sue uses her presenting skills to provide incredible after-dinner speeches or to ensure that an event runs without fault as an event host.
After moving to the United States to develop her playing skills at 16, Sue turned professional within a year and won her first title in 1974. Bursting into the limelight, Sue earned a lot of early success and won three more titles in 1975. She was soon recognised as one of the biggest talents in women’s tennis. Her career went from strength to strength and she won her first Grand Slam by the age of 20, after beating Renáta Tomanová in the French Open final. Sue had to deal with pressure from an early age and was always under the spotlight. As a speaker, she excels in these two topics and can share her experiences on how she coped with being under the spotlight from such an early age.
Not only was she an exceptional singles player, but Barker also won 12 doubles titles and excelled in that form of the game. During her doubles career she recognised the importance of teamwork and leadership, she now uses her experiences in doubles to explain the two topics to her audiences. Since retiring, Barker has become one of the countries leading sports presenters for BBC. She regularly covers competitions such as Wimbledon and provides exceptional knowledge and insights into the game. Sue has also presented A Question of Sport, one of the countries leading quiz shows, but stepped down from her presenting duties in 2021. She has also presented coverage for prestigious sporting events such as the London 2012 Olympic Games, The Grand National, the Hennessey Gold Cup, Ascot and Longchamp Racing, the World Athletics Championships and the Great North Run.
Appointed OBE for Services to Broadcasting and Charity, Sue is now booked as one of the best tennis speakers on the after-dinner circuit. Her knowledge extends to a range of sports, as well as a number of vital business-related topics, making her a truly invigorating speaker. Having spent many decades at the forefront of television and professional tennis, Sue ensures that events run without fault and audiences are left feeling engaged and inspired. When looking for a talented event host or tennis speaker for your next event, Sue Barker OBE is a fantastic addition to events of all kinds.
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