Mary Carillo is a former tennis champion and current sports commentator. She’s been a hit covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
Mary Carillo is overing the Olympic Games in Beijing for NBC. She has given colorful coverage of not only the athletic competitions but also of the culture in Beijing. She looks like she is genuinely enjoying herself. She has tasted the local foods, including scorpions on a stick and tried to woo some of her co-workers into doing the same, much to their chagrin.
She’s a tad irreverent and has a sense of humor which is a welcomed relief from some of the more stilted and glossy coverage of past Olympics. Of course, some people don’t like her less than stern faced reporting. Some say she’s trivializing and infantilizing China. I say those people need to lighten up a little, sit back and relax. They are taking the whole thing way too seriously.
Mary Carillo was born March 15, 1957 in Queens, New York. She is 51-years-old. She lives in Naples, Florida with her two children and splits her time with a place in Greenwich Villiage, New York.
Carillo played professional women’s tennis from 1977 until 1980. She retired in March 1980 after suffering a knee injury. She and John McEnroe are childhood friends and won the French Open together in mixed doubles in 1977. The team also made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Also that that year, Carillo made the double quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.
Since retiring from professional tennis she started working as a reporter with CBS Sports’ covering the U.S Open Tennis Championships. She became a regular with CBS in 1986 as a tennis analyst. She then joined NBC Sports to cover broadcasts of the French Open and Wimbledon. She has also worked for USA and ESPN. She has worked for NBC’s Olympic coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics and won awards for her coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
She co-wrote a book with Martina Navratilova, Tennis My Way and another one with Rich Elstein, Tennis Kinetics.