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Mary Carillo - Former Tennis Great and Now Journalist

Published Sat Sep 24 2022 By dishant
Mary Carillo - Former Tennis Great and Now Journalist

Mary Carillo is a famous former tennis player and sportscaster for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics, with her highest ranking number 33. Likewise, she is also a Grand Slam title holder and the winner of the 1977 French Open with John McEnroe.

Similarly, she was born on 15 March 1957 in New York, the United States, with the birth sign of Pisces. She is an American nationality with Christan religion. She is famous worldwide because of her hard work and passion. 

Early Life 

Mary Carillo was born in New York, United States, and lived with her parents. Mary grew up in a loving and supportive family that encouraged her to become a creative sports journalist. Similarly, she has spent most of her childhood with her parents and two siblings, who are very closest to her.

Photo of May Carillo playing Tennis in her early time. 
Source: Instagram (@fortylovetennis)

Likewise, being a multi-talented woman, she may have completed her bachelor's, but there isn't information regarding her education. Therefore, she is a hard worker and worldwide famous who started learning Tennis at a very young age. 

About her Family

Mary is the daughter of Anthony Carillo and Terry Sullivan Carillo Besides, and her father was an art director who worked for an ad agency. He also used to make some 30 seconds commercials by which she got inspired and became a storyteller. 

Apart from that, she grew up with her siblings, Charlie Carillo and Gina Carillo. Similarly, they are both intelligent; her brother is an author and has written novels, and her sister is an actress. Likewise, there isn't factual information about her mother, or she may be a housewife. 

My sister Mary after winning the Mixed Doubles Championship with good friend John at The French Open in 1977 and the two of them calling matches there today. Tennis has “served” them well.

Photo of Mary Carillo and her brother Gina Carillo celebrating the first victory.
 Source: Instagram (@carillo.gina)

Career Beginnings

In 1997, Mary played her first game on the women's professional tennis circuit. She was just 20 years old when she became a professional tennis player. She also won her first Grand Slam title in her debuting year. Similarly, teaming up with her childhood friend, they won the French Open's doubles competition. 

Likewise, she learned new skills with the No. 1 tennis player and former Billie Jean King and played with him. She was so good at playing that she was selected for US Open quarterfinals in 1977, but sadly, she got defeated by South African players Linky Boshoff and Ilana Kloss. 

More about her Career

In 1980, she got severe injuries in her knee, which forced her to quit TennisTennis and end her professional tennis career just in three years. After a few months of rest, she decided to join the television industry and began working for USA Network. She was immediately selected for her deep voice, sarcasm, and great sense of humor. 

Photo of Mary Carillo with her working team in NBC Broadcast
Source: Instagram (@carillo.gina)

Similarly, in 2003, she joined NBC Sports and worked as a commentator for the network. She has done some commentary for the Tennis Channel as well. Furthermore, she has also worked as an analyst for both Atlanta and Sydney Summer Olympics and created a traversal report at the Winter Olympics. 

How did she get a Knee Injury?

Mary started her tennis journey in childhood and became one of the best tennis players in the women's championship. She was known as a professional player in 1977 when she was just 20 years old. 

Unfortunately, she was forced to leave her tennis journey in 1980 due to her knee injuries while playing a tennis match. Immediately, she was taken to the hospital, and as per the doctor's suggestion, she was told to take bed rest and had to leave TennisTennisTennis. 

Relationships and Divorce

The former tennis player and sportscaster were married to Bill Bowden in 1983. The beautiful couple lived happily with their children but sadly divorced after 15 years of togetherness due to personal reasons in 1998. They had two children whose names are Rachel Bowden and Anthony Bowden. 

Even though they had long terms relationships, they had to separate for personal reasons. There isn't factual information about their divorce. After the divorce, she didn't want to get into another relationship and decided to stay single. 

Quick Facts About Mary Carillo

  • She was a counselor at Port Washington Tennis Academy before becoming a professional tennis player.
  • She was trained under Australian International Tennis Hall of Famer Harry Hopman.
  • From 1977 to 1980, she played on the women's professional tennis circuit.
  • She was ranked at No. 33 but sadly forced to quit Tennis due to severe knee injuries.
  • In 1980 she did her first broadcasting gig with USA Network as a tennis analyst.
  • She was the first woman to achieve the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2010.

Net Worth of $10 million

Mary Carillo is a famous former professional tennis player and sports broadcaster with an estimated net worth of $10 million. She earns this hefty sum of money through her profession and hard work towards her career. She was a professional and champion tennis player, but sadly, she had to quit because of her knee injuries

Photo of Mary Carillo with brown hair. She looks happy and smiling in this picture. 
Source: NPR  

Similarly, she is working for NBC Sports as a commentator, and she has also worked for USA Networks as a broadcaster. So, she may be living a quality of life luxuriously without any difficulties except for her reasons. Now, she is retired and may be taking a pension from the government.

Social Media Appearance

Mary is one of the most popular broadcasters, even tho she isn't active on social media platforms. Now, she is 65 years old, so she may lose interest in using her social media accounts. She may be off on social media, but still, she is active in her profession and famous everywhere.

Similarly, she sometimes uses her Twitter account and has nearly 1500 followers. And she has an Instagram Hashtag account with around 350 posts, including her daily work and old pictures of her tennis match. 

Body Measurements

Talking about her body, she is pretty tall and good-looking in reality. She has a white skin tone, beautiful brown eyes, and brown hair. Similarly, she stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 65 kg. And she has a clean body with no tattoos.

Similarly, she may follow her daily diet routine to maintain her slim and fit body. She may be avoiding junk foods and taking nutritious food to make herself healthy. 

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