Sue Barker is a current television presenter and retired professional tennis player. She is one of Britain's most successful tennis players of all-time having won 15 singles titles including a Grand Slam when she won the French Open in 1976. Now a regular on national television, Barker is a compelling presenter with a wonderful insight into sports. A natural in front of the camera, Barker uses her presenting skills to provide incredible after dinner speeches.
After moving to the United States to develop her game at 16, Barker turned pro within a year and won her first title just one year later in 1974. Bursting on to the scene, Barker earnt a lot of early success and won three more titles in 1975. She was soon recognised as the biggest talent in women's tennis. Her career went from strength to strength and she won her first Grand Slam by the age of 20, after beating Renáta Tomanová in the French Open final. Barker had to deal with pressure from an early age and was always under the spotlight. As a speaker, she excels in these two topics and can share her experiences on how she coped with being under the spotlight from such an early age.
Not only was she an exceptional singles player, but Barker also won 12 doubles titles and excelled in that form of the game. During her doubles career she recognised the importance of teamwork and leadership, she now uses her experiences in doubles to explain the two topics to her audiences. Since retiring, Barker has become one of the countries leading sports presenters for BBC. She regularly covers Grand Slams like Wimbledon and provides exceptional knowledge and insights into the game. Barker also presents A Question of Sport which is one of the countries leading quiz shows, here Barker expresses her humour and great personality making her a huge favourite amongst viewers.
When combining her magnificent presenting skills and personality, Barker becomes one of the best tennis speakers on the after dinner circuit. Her knowledge of a range of sports, as well as a number of vital business related topics, makes her a truly invigorating speaker. When at events, Barker is known to discuss overcoming adversity and peak performance.