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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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What you do get reading this book is the warmth of a tennis player and television celebrity who is close to her family and made lots of true friends throughout her life, many of who are household names. This is a very cosy but enjoyable read, there are no startling revelations, gossip or anything that will cause bad feelings. 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. Actually I have to get that comment right, Sue's two careers, a tennis career, and a television career. The sign of a good autobiography is when you actually get an insight into the real person, not just a repeat of the well known facts.

I would like to thank both Netgalley and Penguin Random House for supplying a copy of this biography in exchange for an honest review. Overall a good read about a sporting journey and what happens next in terms of career after that finishes. Currently underway, the FIFA Women’s World Cup not only showcases some of the best footballing talent in the world, but also some of the best stories about overcoming hurdles and hardship to succeed. And now, after four decades on camera encouraging other legends to share their stories, she is telling her own.

Sue was born on April 19th 1956 and she started her tennis career as a ten-year-old pupil at her Convert school in Paignton. 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. Now on the WAT tour (Women's Tennis Association) and with some great wins behind her, Sue is back in France playing at Roland Garros, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments most revered in the world. 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.

But I was intrigued to read about her being drawn into sports commentary and anchoring at great sporting events beyond tennis. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I admire very much Lance the husband, a former policeman, who very gracefully steps aside as stays out of the limelight, keeps his and Sue's business's running to leave Sue have a great career. Going all in for her once-only autobiography, Sue takes us inside the world of 70s and early 80s tennis.The irritation with the press (and Cliff) continually bringing up a 'relationship' which barely existed in any material sense, is the only real intrigue. Her love of Tennis saw her commentate at Wimbledon for 30 years, having only retired Wimbledon duties this year, 2022. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. And that’s not a story unique to women’s football; from motorsport to gymnastics via tennis and more, there are women who have faced societal prejudices and personal and professional challenges to become the best at what they do. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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