Sue Baker OBE is the English television presenter who currently works for BBC Network. She is also known as the former world number three tennis player and French Open Champ.
She is also recognized as the ex-girlfriend of the British singer Cliff Richard in the eighties. She is a recipient of the Order of British Empire (OBE).
Three Decades Of Married Life With Gardener Husband, No Children
Former Tennis player Sue Baker has been married to Lance Tankard since 1988. Her husband is a landscape gardener, who previously served in the police department as a detective sergeant. The couple laid their eyes on each other for the first time in Portugal. Back then, she was working there as a tennis coach at a local club and Lance was enjoying his holidays.
Sue Baker and her husband pictured in the eighties (Photo: thesun.co.uk)
After returning home in England, they started getting along with each other at their local tennis club. And after sharing the love with each other for some time, they shared their wedding vows. The couple has spent more than 30 years of married life together, but they don’t have any children. The couple has set an excellent example of a successful marriage to all.
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Cliff Richard Refused Her: Previously Engaged To Tennis Player
She was also in a romantic relation with singer Cliff Richard in eighties. Cliff is the award-winning British singer and actor known for Take me High, Two a Penny and Expresso Bongo. Their love affair attracted massive attention in the media at that time.
In an interview with Dailymail in August 2014, Cliff told the interviewer that he was seriously planning to share wedding vows with Sue when they were together. But later, he realized that he didn’t love her enough to commit the rest of his life to her. They are still good friends even today.
The former French Open Champ was previously engaged to Australian tennis player, Syd Ball. Their romantic journey could not survive long enough because of which they ended their relationship in 1978. She has also dated tennis player Stephen Shaw and golfer Greg Norman.
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What Is Sue Baker's Net Worth?
Sue Baker has derived a massive net worth of $2 million. She has accumulated 455,000 pounds of prize money from her tennis career. She is also collecting her fortunes from her media career.
The British sportswoman started her professional career as a tennis player in 1973. She won her Grand Slam singles titles at the French Open in 1976. She has made her way to the semis at Wimbledon in 1977 and Australian Open in 1975 as well as 1977.
In total, she has earned 11 WTA Tour singles titles and 12 doubles titles in her career. Sue, who retired in 1984, currently hosts the sports program in BBC Network. The sports presenter won a Television and Radio Industries Club Award for Sports Presenter in 2008.
She enjoys her lavish life with her husband and dogs. Former tennis champ lives with her partner in a home in Cotswolds costing 1 million pounds. She previously lived with her husband in a luxurious house set up in 30 acres near Godalming. Their house cost 2 million pound sterling.
Sue Barker opened the cover of the Wimbledon 2018 saying that it was Carol's final day, who is the BBC weatherman, at the competition. After that Carol Kirkwood joked about Sue when Rishi Persad asked her about her emotion on the last day at Wimbledon 2018. She expressed her sadness and added that she had the best working time even with Sue. Rishi then quickly said that it was a bit harsh on Sue. After then Sue jokingly threatened Carol saying that she would find her later. Sue also told,
“I’m going to hijack your diary and tell you that the last day of Wimbledon is Sunday not on Friday next year."
BBC tennis presenter, Sue Barker also gave her opinions in the Serena Williams's case. She told that the umpire was following the rule by the book but Serena had a point.
Serena Williams, who as defeated by Naomi Osaka on US Open 2018, was fined $17,000 (£13,100) for code violations after she called the umpire a liar and thief for her loss in the US Open final.
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Born in 1956 in Paignton, England, Sue Barker celebrates her birthday on 19 April every year. She has a brother named Chew. She holds an English nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. The television presenter stands tall at the height of 1.64 m (5 feet 4 inches). She has a birth sign of Aries.