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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Sue Barker’s autobiography is a real revelation to me, full of tennis facts and information about her tennis peers. 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. 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 admired Sue before listening to this book and even more so now for her no nonsense attitude and the utmost professionalism she brought to her work.

I have been watching tennis since 1970 but I am embarrassed to say that I do not ever remember watching Sue play. 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! I have grown up watching Sue Baker on Question of Sport and Wimbledon and I always admired her wit, intelligence and hard work and this book gives an insight into the women behind the camera and has given me a new admiration for her. From footballers to athletes and tennis players we've brought you the best stories and advice from on and off the pitch. Sue Barker never managed to get to the dizzy heights of the before mentioned superstars but she was very competitive, won a grand slam and then went on to have a career in the media.Actually I have to get that comment right, Sue's two careers, a tennis career, and a television career. This is a very cosy but enjoyable read, there are no startling revelations, gossip or anything that will cause bad feelings. 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. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Penguin Random House for supplying a copy of this biography in exchange for an honest review. And now, after four decades on camera encouraging other legends to share their stories, she is telling her own.

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. 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. 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. If you are a tennis fan, and a Sue Barker fan, the lady herself reading her autobiography is an enjoyable listen. 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.

It is then that her second career started and she became a sports commentator, not only for tennis but other sports too: Royal Ascot, Olympics, London Marathon, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships, Winter Olympics Championships, BBC Sports Personality of the year and many more. A quite, honest, sincere women, great career, but also a larger and fuller television career, and one thing is for sure.

Not especially scandalous or introspective, it is a breezy stroll through her tennis career but heavier on the tv career probably. Going all in for her once-only autobiography, Sue takes us inside the showbizzy world of 70s and early 80s tennis.

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.

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