Mary Carillo, who left ESPN in the middle of last year’s United States Open because of an undisclosed dispute, is joining the Tennis Channel for the French and U.S. Opens, where she will provide analysis, play-by-play, interviews and features. Carillo, who won a 2006 Sports Emmy Award and has been a commentator since retiring from tennis in 1980, will be paired on air with John McEnroe, a childhood friend with whom she won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles championship.
“Tennis Channel just continues to impress everyone with the passion and knowledge they bring to covering this sport, and I really wanted to be a part of that,” said Carillo. “I’ve done things with them several times in the past but never as a member of their broadcast team. It will be great to get going with them at the French Open and contribute to the quality of work they’re producing.”
In 2010 Carillo became the first female recipient of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism. The WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s professional tennis, has twice awarded her its “Broadcaster of the Year.”
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