Mary Carillo

A former tennis professional and now a critically-acclaimed and award-winning sports journalist, Mary Carillo will serve this evening as the co-Master of Ceremonies along with Pam Shriver. Mary has been a loyal supporter of the Billie Jean King and Friends Event for the past several years and was honored with the Joe Shapiro Humanitarian Award in 2011. Carillo is currently the President of “USTA Serves,” which is the national charitable and philanthropic foundation of the United States Tennis Association.

She is widely recognized as one of the most talented and opinionated network television broadcasters and her candid and insightful commentary has earned her several accolades throughout her career. In 2010, she became the first female recipient of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism. The award is given to the journalist, in any medium, who best exemplifies the principles and talents of Dick Schaap, one of America’s pre-eminent sports writers, during a given year. Carillo also was named the “Best Game Analyst” of the 2000s by in 2010.

Carillo has done extensive work for HBO Sports, which she joined in 1996. Her first assignment was to work her first-ever Wimbledon with broadcast partners Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, John Lloyd, Barry MacKay and Jim Lampley. In 1997, she made her debut as a correspondent on “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” the network’s monthly magazine-style sports journalism program.

 In 2006, Carillo earned a Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Long Feature” for the inspiring story of the Hoyt family about a father who helps his severely handicapped son compete in triathlons and marathons.

She has also won two Peabody Awards for her work on HBO Sports: co-writing HBO’s 1999 documentary, “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports” with Frank Deford and serving as a story advisor and interviewer for the 2006 HBO documentary film, “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.”  She was also a story advisor and interviewer for HBO Sports documentaries on Boston Red Sox icon Ted Williams, the dramatic 1960 U.S. Open finish at Cherry Hills that featured Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan and Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. In all, she has worked on six HBO Sports documentaries.

Carillo is also a veteran of Olympic Games coverage and has covered 12 Olympic Games as a course reporter, Late Night host and features correspondent. She was also one of the torch bearers during the torch’s tour through Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

She began her Olympic coverage as a skiing reporter for CBS’ coverage of the Winter Olympics in Albertville in 1992.

Carillo began her broadcasting career in 1980 as an analyst for USA Network. In 1986, she joined CBS Sports and has worked the U.S. Open every year since. Most recently, she was hired by the Tennis Channel for coverage of the French and U.S. Opens to work the network anchor desk as well as offer analysis and play-by-play.

In 2009, she co-hosted the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show broadcast on USA Network and also hosted that event again in 2013.

She was twice named Broadcaster of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association in 1981 and 1985 and she has been named “Best Commentator” by World Tennis Magazine, the Toronto Star and Tennis Magazine.

Carillo played on the women’s professional tennis circuit from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. She was ranked as high No. 33 in the world from January through March, 1980. In 1977, she captured the French Open mixed doubles title with John McEnroe, was doubles runner-up at the U.S. Clay Court championship and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open. She has served on the Women’s Tennis Association’s Board of Directors and has written two tennis books, Tennis My Way with Martina Navratilova (1984) and Rick Elstein’s Tennis Kinetics (1985).

Carillo was born in Queens, New York, and lives in Naples, Florida, with her two children. Earlier this year, Carillo delivered the Commencement address to the Class of 2014 at Elon University. Her daughter, Rachel, was part of the graduating class and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.