Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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Her love of Tennis saw her commentate at Wimbledon for 30 years, having only retired Wimbledon duties this year, 2022. I am not a big tennis fan and haven’t watched “Question of Sport” for decades but I really enjoyed Sue Barker’s biography. Of course I love a tennis biography but was delighted to hear that Sue Barker was releasing one so soon after retiring from Wimbledon coverage. Luckily she won the junior championship there, but she hid herself away the night before because she had no money to pay for a room in the hotel.

It is May 1976 and Sue plays her heart out, going through the tournament full of determination, concentration, and elegance. Plus as a older teenager I played and coached at The Imperial Hotel in Torquay, and I did play at The Palace Hotel in Paignton.Find out how a love for tennis and a determination to succeed made her soar not just in tennis but also on our tv screens. I am not a big Tennis fan but did enjoy watching Wimbledon back in the days of Borg, McEnroe and Connors. But I was intrigued to read about her being drawn into sports commentary and anchoring at great sporting events beyond tennis.

At times it lacked some depth but I respect that choice by her to maintain privacy and I don’t think an autobiography needs necessarily to be a soul bearing exercise. And now, after four decades on camera encouraging other legends to share their stories, she is telling her own. How you see Sue on the television is the real Sue, and admire so much when she says "You see enough of me on television, you won't see me showing my house off in the Hello Magazine. Going all in for her once-only autobiography, Sue takes us inside the world of 70s and early 80s tennis.

This is a very cosy but enjoyable read, there are no startling revelations, gossip or anything that will cause bad feelings. I loved the stories of her time on the circuit which seems magical now and made me nostalgic for those heady days when you knew all the players especially in the women’s game!

She reveals the battles she fought for hard-won success in two careers and gives us a ringside seat on the nation's biggest sporting dramas, and a fascinating insider's understanding of competitors under pressure, such a shame injuries plagued her last few years. She is clearly immensely proud of her broadcast career and it struck me that it would seem more than her tennis career, but not really surprising given the span of her broadcasting. The BBC could have treated her better although I was not a fan of question of sport, they could have handled it better and now look at it! I coached many teenager and adults for over twenty years, and played for many years for the island of Jersey, which I am proud to have done. I liked sue barker it was interesting to hear how hard she worked to become world number 3 and win the French open a lot of effort and dedication well 👏 done.I have always been a huge fan of A Question of Sport, and I was devastated when Sue was forced to leave. Also pleased to find that as well as being a very nice person she is also gutsy and fully able to stick up for herself. She gives a detailed glimpse into her two careers as a top tennis player and exceptional broadcaster. Going all in for her once-only autobiography, Sue takes us inside the showbizzy world of '70s and early '80s tennis, dating the stars, hitting the headlines. As a broadcaster, in 2001 she became the first woman to win the Royal Television Society's best sports presenter award.



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