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Mary Carillo Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Sportscaster, reporter, commentator, writer

Fast Facts

  • Was a counselor at Port Washington Tennis Academy before becoming a professional tennis player and trained under Australian International Tennis Hall of Famer Harry Hopman
  • Played on the women's professional tennis circuit from 1977 to 1980 and was ranked as high as No
  • 33 as a singles player, but was forced to retire early because of numerous knee injuries and operations
  • Won the French Open mixed-doubles title in 1977 with teammate and hometown friend John McEnroe
  • First broadcasting gig was with USA Network as a tennis analyst in 1980
  • Named Broadcaster of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association in 1981 and 1985, as well as by Tennis Magazine multiple times
  • Received a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Long Feature in 2005 as a reporter for HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel
  • Was formerly a member of the Women's Tennis Association Board of Directors
  • Has coauthored two books: Tennis My Way with Martina Navratilova and Tennis Kinetics with Navratilova and Rick Elstein
  • Completed her own broadcasting "Grand Slam" after reporting on the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U
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  • Open on separate occasions
  • In 2010, was the first woman to receive the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism
  • Participated as a torchbearer in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay


  • Charles Carillo -- Brother
  • Rachel Bowden -- Daughter
  • Bill Bowden -- Ex-husband
  • Tony Carillo -- Father
  • Terry Carillo -- Mother
  • Gina Carillo -- Sister
  • Anthony Bowden -- Son