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Sue Barker Have Children With Husband, Or Long Time Married Relationship Enough?

Date: 28 Mar, 2019

Sue Barker Have Children With Husband, Or Long Time Married Relationship Enough?

Quick Summary

Date of BirthApril 19 ,1956
Age63 Years 4 Month(s)
NationalityAmerican
Birth PlacePaignton
ProfessionTelevision Personality
Relationship StatusMarried
Husaband/SpouseLance Tankard
Divorce/SplitNot Yet
Wedding Date1988
Ex-BoyfriendSir Cliff Richard (Rumored), Syd Ball
Net Worth$2 Million
Ethnicity/RaceWhite
ReligionChristianity
Height/ How Tall?5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight 115 lbs (52 kg)
HairLong
Hair ColorBlonde
Eye ColorHazel
LesbianNo
Children/KidsNot Yet

Sue Barker had multiple dating affairs with the biggest names in the world of sports before finally getting married to a commoner. Her married life, however, has not been affected by her past relationships.

The Paignton native is one of the leading sports presenters for the BBC network specializing in Tennis. Her sportscaster role was preceded by a successful playing career having won fourteen Women's Tennis Association(WTA) Tour singles titles and one Grand Slam singles title at French Open in 1976.


Sports Presenter: Sue interviews the second Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships winner Andy Murray in July 2016 at London. (Photo: Zimbio.com)

She was ranked as high as the World Number 3 tennis player during her career. 

Sue Barker Was Fascinated By Tennis From Young Age

Sue was born as Susan Barker on 19 April 1956 at the seaside town, Paignton in England. She received her school education at a convent school and later went on tennis training in 1966.

She was fascinated by tennis in her early age and started hitting the balls when she was just 10 when she was picked as one of two students to be trained by famous coach Arthur Roberts. 

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Sue turned professional in 1972, and at the age of 16, she was ranked 21st in the WTA rankings. Her most significant achievement in her career is winning the French Open in 1976, and the same year, she won the German Open tennis tournament. Sue has won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles and played with various high-ranked tennis players. She played her last professional game in 1984.

After the retirement, Sue began her broadcasting career as a sports reporter on Australian channel, Channel 7 in 1985. She then joined BBC in 1993 and appeared in the Wimbledon coverage that year.

She has hosted various coverage in the network such as the Australian Open, the French Open and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sue is one of the highest paid anchors in the BBC and anchors its long-running sports quiz show, A Question of Sport since 1997.

Besides her sports and journalism endeavors. Sue is also an author who has penned three books; Playing Tennis (1975), Go and Play Tennis: Techniques and Tactics (1992), Wimbledon: Sue Barker's Definite Guide to the 2001 Championships (2001).

What is Sue Barker’s Net Worth in 2018?

As a high-ranked professional tennis player, it is of no doubt that she has gained a handsome amount of salary through her career.

According to shmoop, a professional tennis player is estimated to earn an average salary of $400,000 yearly. We can only imagine the big amount Sue must have accumulated for herself as a renowned tennis player!

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On the other hand, she is also a BBC sports presenter. At her job at BBC, she earns a yearly average salary of £300,000 - £349,000. With salary range earnings so high, it is no surprise her net worth compliments it too. In fact, the sports journalist boasts a hefty net worth of $2 million.

Glimpses On Sue Barker’s Relationships Before Marriage

Sue was linked with several names before her marriage. She was engaged with Australian tennis player Syd Ball, but the engagement broke off in 1978. Sue in 1979 opened up about her engagement and expressed that Syd was not the type of husband she wanted which led to their split.  

 After Syd, she was in a brief relationship with the Australian golfer, Greg Norman. However, Greg also did not prove to be the answer, and the couple separated after dating for a short period. 

Later, she started dating British singer, Sir Cliff Richard in 1982. Sue was a household name in the UK and Sir Cliff was the knight of the realm making them one of the most high profile couples at the time. Her boyfriend even attended the Denmark Open tennis competition to be closer with Sue, and they were pictured in an intimate position at the Wimbledon.

In 2008, describing his relationship with Sue, Sir Cliff said that he was seriously thinking about getting married to Sue and settling down. However as it had always been the case with Sue, things did not work out with her boyfriend leading to their separations in 1986.

After Sir CLiff, she was briefly seen with another tennis player, Stephen Shaw. The relationship ended after Sue got married in 1988.

Sue Barker's Married Life; Pets As Children

After dating the biggest names in the world of sports and Music, she found true love with a commoner. 

While serving as a tennis coach in Portugal she first met her future husband, Lance, who was holidaying there. Lance was a landscape gardener and a former policeman and holidaying in Portugal when they met. 

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As fate would have it, they would meet up again. After returning to their respective homes in England, they coincidentally met at a dinner. Their casual chitchats turned serious and blossomed into a full-fledged romance before deciding to tie up the knots in 1988.

It was fifth time lucky for the tennis star after she got married to her landscape gardener boyfriend in 1988.

Sue poses with her husband Lance at an event. (Photo: Thetimes.co.uk)

And the marriage between them has been close to perfect, as they have been together for more than 30 years. The only downside has been a lack of children in their relationship. 

However, the old age duo has supplemented their lack of children by having pet dogs. Sue and her husband currently own two dogs Baiatu and Charlie. The happy couple resides in the Cotswolds village of Stanton away from the hassles of London and has their dogs by their side as children.