Mary Carillo is a famous name in the sports in the world of sports and journalism. She has had a long and remarkable career having covered sports like basketball, figure skating, skiing, badminton, etc. However, she is probably more known for her contribution to the world of tennis after starting out as a player and later as a sportscaster like Charissa Thompson.
Mary Carillo is a former pro and along with her childhood friend John McEnroe, she became the Mixed doubles Champion at the 1997 French Open. This amazing ex-athlete is a beautiful woman who has had a successful career. She had a short career as a tennis player having played from 1977 to 1980; nevertheless, it was a successful one. Her career-best single ranking was 33 which is very respectable. After this amazing talent retired from the sport, she started giving her widely recognized voice as a sportscaster. Let us now get to know more about this amazing personality.
Caption: The famous sportscaster Mary Carillo.
Mary Carillo: Early Life, Education, and Career
Caption: Carillo and her partner John McEnroe.
Mary Carillo was born on the 15th of March, in 1957. This New Yorker became famous in her teenage years after starting out on tennis and she had become a professional by the age of 20. She is of American nationality and is ethnically white. Carillo is the daughter of Anthony and Terry Sullivan. She also has a brother who is named Charles and a sister Gina.
Caption: Carillo with her Mixed Double Championship title.
Mary began her professional entrance into the world of tennis in 1977. At her peak, she managed to rank #33 which was her career-high ranking in the Women’s Tennis Association. Carillo is also famous for winning 1977 mixed-doubles championship with her childhood friend John McEnroe. With her friend, Carillo made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the same year made another women’s doubles quarterfinals at the US Open.
Mary Carillo: Public Broadcasting
Carillo had an amazing career that only spanned 3 years; she had to quit the game because of her knee injuries. Mary officially retired from Tennis in March 1980 and after that, she began her career in Television. The same year she began working for USA Network for the American public broadcasters, ‘Public Broadcasting Service’.
Mary worked for PBS for over 7 years and then her talent in sportscasting caught eyes of several other big names. She then started working with ESPN in 1988 and was with the network for over 9 years. Carillo was also an analyst for HBO’s Wimbledon coverage from 1996 to 1999. Later she made her debut for NBC for the show Family Circle Cup tennis event. For her contribution to the world of tennis and sports, she was named as the Broadcaster of the Year by Women’s Tennis Association.
Mary Carillo: Personal Life
Mary was previously married to Bill Bowden, a former Australian tennis player. They got married in the year 1983 and were together for the whole 15 years. They even have 2 children but rumors have surfaced about Carillo’s sexuality. There have been theories which suggest that Carillo is a gay woman but if she really is gay, she has been covering it really well.
Mary is a long time supporter of the LGBT community, has a husky voice and dresses up in pantsuits which might be the only supporting evidence that question her sexuality. However, these are just gossips and Mary has not had a girlfriend or a lesbian partner.
Mary Carillo: Net Worth
As of 2018, according to some reliable sources, Mary is worth $5 million. She has made most of her income from her tennis career after being endorsed with many different brands. It was a short career but extremely fruitful for her with match fees but for the most part, this helped her get into sportscasting role. After getting into sportscasting, she made her income from a career as a tennis analyst.
Caption: Mary Carillo enjoying a tennis match.
Mary remains away from social media and does not care about the limelight that comes with it. She currently is focusing on her career and has no intentions of sharing her private life among her fans.