Mary-Carillo
Mary Carillo | Biography

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  • Full Name Mary Carillo
  • Occupation Sportscaster, Sports Analyst, Host, Former Professional Tennis Player
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace New York, USA
  • Birth Date Mar 15, 1957
  • Age 64 Years, 8 Months
Sportscaster, Sports Analyst, Former Professional Tennis Player

Mary Carillo | Biography

Carillo won a 'Sports Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Long Feature' in May 2006 for the inspirational tale of the Hoyt Family

Carillo competed on the women's professional tennis circuit from 1977 to 1980 and had a successful career as a doubles player. During the height of her career, she was ranked 33rd in the Women's Tennis Association. Unfortunately, she retired in 1980 owing to her recurrent knee ailments.


Mary Carillo is a sportscaster and former professional tennis player.

Who is Mary Carillo?

Mary Carillo played tennis on the women's professional tennis circuit in the late '70s, between 1977 and 1980. Furthermore, she was ranked 33rd in the Women's Tennis Association rankings during the peak time of her career. However, she had to retire from the sport due to her knee injury.

Nevertheless, Carillo is still seen in the sports arena as a commentator. As a tennis sportscaster, she has worked for several outlets such as USA Network, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), CBS Sports, NBC, and many others. She has also been a sports analyst at various Olympics games.

Early Life and Education

Carillo was born on 15 March 1957 in Queens, New York City, to Antonio and Terry Sullivan Carillo. Author and journalist Charlie Carillo is her brother, and sports host Mike Francesa is her distant cousin. 

Career

Carillo is a well-known female sports pundit. She has been a tennis analyst and commentator on almost every major television network, including ESPN, NBC, CBS, HBO, TNT, Bravo, and CNBC. She also has experience working as a television analyst for several Olympic events and sports in winter and summer games. 

Furthermore, Carillo is on the honorary board of directors of the USTA Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the growth of tennis.

Carillo was formerly a tennis player herself.

Tennis Player

Carillo competed on the women's professional tennis circuit from 1977 to 1980 and had a successful career as a doubles player, played by two pairs of players. She was the winner of the mixed doubles championship at the 1977 French Open with partner John McEnroe. She even reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals with McEnroe. With partner Wendy Overton, Carillo qualified for the US Open quarterfinals. 

During the height of her career, Carillo was ranked 33rd in the Women's Tennis Association. Unfortunately, she retired in 1980 owing to her recurrent knee ailments.

Sportscasting Tennis 

From 1980 until 1987, Carillo worked for USA Network, launching her TV career in tennis coverage. Successively, she worked for PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) from 1981 to 1986 and MSG from 1981 to 1988. At ESPN, she worked from 1988 to 1997 and rejoined the network in 2003 until 2010. Moreover, from 1986 through 2014, she worked for CBS Sports on US Open coverage

Carillo also served as a presenter and commentator for Wimbledon coverage from 1996 to 1999. She fulfilled the same role for Turner Sports' Wimbledon coverage from 2000 to 2002. Likewise, Carillo was hired by NBC Sports in May 2003 as an analyst for the network's coverage on the French Open and Wimbledon championship. She also made her appearance as an analyst on NBC for the 1996 Family Circle Cup tennis event.

Sportscasting Olympic 

Designated as an Olympic tennis pundit, Carillo presented the Atlanta and Sydney Summer Olympics. She also covered the Albertville, Lillehammer, and Nagano Winter Olympics, fulfilling the role of a skiing reporter for CBS. Furthermore, she also presented the bobsled and luge for NBC during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Additionally, Carillo received great acclaim for facilitating Bravo's coverage on the 2004 Athens Olympics. She also anchored on USA Network's live and even covered Grand Slam-style tennis gold medal finals at the game. Furthermore, Carillo presented Olympic Ice, a daily figure skating broadcast on the USA Network, during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino. 

Similarly, Carillo presented the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a late-night program host. It was her ninth Olympic job and sixth under NBC. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for NBC. In addition, she served as a torch carrier throughout the torch's journey across Canada.

Books

Carillo has co-authored a few books, including 'Tennis My Way' (1984) with Martina Navratilova and 'Tennis Kinetics' (1985) with Rick Elstein. 

Awards 

Carillo shared a 'Peabody Award' with Frank DeFord for co-writing the Dare To Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports (1999), a documentary produced by HBO. 

She is also the recipient of the 'Broadcaster of the Year' award by the Women's Tennis Association for two years, in 1981 and 1985, and 'Best Commentator' by World Tennis Magazine in 1986, by the Toronto Star in 1986, and Tennis Magazine between from 1988 to 1991. 

Furthermore, she won a 'Sports Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Long Feature' in May 2006 for the inspirational tale of the Hoyt Family.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Carillo has a net worth of $10 million, accumulated through her professional tennis games and television career.

Personal Life

Carillo was married to tennis teacher Bill Bowden for 15 years. The couple has two children - Anthony, born on 8 August 1987, and Rachel, born on 5 October 1991. They divorced in 1998.

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