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|Country (sports)||United States|
New York City, New York
March 15, 1957 |
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Highest ranking||No. 33 (January 1980)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||2R (1977)|
|US Open||1R (1977, 1979)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||QF (1977)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1977)|
Early life and education
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Carillo played on the women's professional tennis circuit from 1977 to 1980. She was ranked as high as World No. 33, in the Women's Tennis Association Rankings, from January through March 1980, then retired due to side effects of her diagnosis of Bell's Palsy, which weakened her right side.
She won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles title with partner and childhood friend John McEnroe. Carillo and McEnroe then made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and later that year Carillo was a women's doubles quarter finalist at the US Open.
WTA Tour finals
- Doubles 1
|Runner-up||9.||August 8, 1977||U.S. Open Clay Courts (Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.)||clay||Wendy Overton|| Linky Boshoff
|7–5, 5–7, 3–6|
- Mixed doubles 1
|Winner||1.||June 5, 1977||French Open, France||Clay||John McEnroe|| Iván Molina
Carillo began her television career working for USA Network from 1980 through 1987, PBS from 1981 through 1986 and MSG from 1981 through 1988. She started with ESPN in 1988 and continued with them for nine years, returning in 2003. Her work on the U.S. Open for CBS Sports began in 1986, and continues to the present. In addition, Carillo worked as both a host and analyst on HBO's Wimbledon coverage from 1996 to 1999, and on Turner Sports' coverage of Wimbledon from 2000 to 2002. In May 2003, Carillo joined NBC Sports as an analyst on the network's French Open and Wimbledon coverage, having made her debut as an analyst on NBC for the 1996 Family Circle Cup tennis event.
Carillo's candid and insightful commentary has earned her accolades throughout the industry, including the distinction of being called "the sport's top analyst" by Sports Illustrated. She is known for her deep voice, quick wit and pointed sense of humor. Like her long-time friend and fellow Douglaston, Queens, New York native John McEnroe, Carillo is known for her colorful turns of speech, and is credited with coining the phrase "Big Babe Tennis" to describe the era in women's tennis dominated by large, powerful players such as Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Carillo's unabashed and opinionated style of tennis commentary has drawn criticism from several top players, notably Andre Agassi, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova. Nevertheless, she has been named Best Commentator by Tennis Magazine (1988–91), Best Commentator by World Tennis magazine (1986) and Broadcaster of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association (1981 and 1985).
At the 2004 Athens Games, Carillo earned critical praise in her debut as a full-time Olympic host on Bravo's coverage in addition to anchoring USA Network's live, Grand Slam-style coverage of the tennis gold medal finals. During NBC's coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics she covered bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions. Her comment that men's doubles luge is "like a bar bet gone bad" was recognized as "line of the year" in many sports television columns. In addition, Carillo's work co-hosting the 2002 Closing Ceremony alongside Dan Hicks earned her critical acclaim.
At the 2006 Winter Games in Torino Carillo hosted Olympic Ice, a daily figure skating show on the USA Network. She co-hosted the daily figure-skating television program with Scott Hamilton, Dick Button, and Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.
Carillo served as late-night show host, closing ceremony host, and "Friend of Bob" for the 2008 Beijing Games, her ninth Olympic assignment and her sixth with NBC. Her role focused on cultural commentary and "slice of life" pieces about China. She repeated these duties – late-night host and human-interest reporter – for NBC in their coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She was also one of the torch bearers during the torch's tour through Canada.
Mary Carillo is a commentator for the Hallmark Channel special Paw Star Game premiering July 12th, 2015. “At best, baby cats have the barest, most rudimentary grasp of the rules and regulations of American football and baseball,” says Carillo. “And, that's really okay with me. Frankly, watching kittens play any sport is going to be endearing and adorable.” Carillo is also a commentator for Hallmark's Kitten Bowl.
Carillo has written three books, all related to tennis:
- Tennis My Way (1984), for which she is second author to Martina Navratilova
- Rick Elstein's Tennis Kinetics: With Martina Navratilova (1985), for which she is uncredited
- Tennis Confidential II: More of Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies (2008), for which she is second author to Paul Fein
She is a former member of the Women's Tennis Association's Board of Directors.
Awards and honors
- Carillo received a Peabody Award, one of television's highest honors, for co-writing with Frank Deford the HBO documentary Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sport
- Twice named Broadcaster of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association (1981, 1985)
- Named "Best Commentator" by World Tennis Magazine (1986), Toronto Star (1986) and Tennis magazine (1988–91)
- Won a Sports Emmy Award for her feature on the Hoyt family
- Won the 2010 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism – first female recipient of the award
Carillo splits her time between Naples, Florida, and New York City's Greenwich Village. She was married for 15 years to Australian tennis instructor Bill Bowden. They divorced in 1998 and have two children, Anthony (b. August 8, 1987) and Rachel (b. October 5, 1991). The divorce was amicable, and Mary was supported by friends and family when she revealed her homosexuality. Her brother is the author Charlie Carillo. She is a distant cousin of sports-radio host Mike Francesa. Their relationship was confirmed when she was a guest on his show.
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- Gabrielle Pantera. "Hallmark Channel Kitten Bowl 2, Football Deflategate Beyond the Patriots". HollywoodDailyStar.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
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- Mary Carillo at the Women's Tennis Association
- A Conversation With Mary Carillo by Fit Nation Magazine
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