Mary Carillo is an analyst for Tennis Channel’s US Open, French Open and Wimbledon telecasts, in addition to select domestic tournaments.
Carillo has hosted the network’s live tournament desks, conducted interviews, offered perspective and analysis, and occasionally handled play-by-play duties since she first appeared on Tennis Channel for the 2011 French Open.
Known for both wisdom and wit, Carillo has carved a place for herself in the television sportscast landscape like few others in the industry. Beginning as a tennis analyst for USA Network following her retirement from professional tennis in 1980, she has branched out to cover a wide variety of sports stories for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, HBO Sports, ESPN and Bravo. Beyond her candid tennis commentary she is equally lauded for her work at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and as a correspondent on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
, HBO’s monthly magazine show. Carillo has become recognized and praised for two signatures: the refreshing honesty of her opinions and poignant, deeply measured human interest stories that add heartbeats to athletes and the people who share their hopes and sorrows.
Carillo won a 2006 "Sports Emmy Award" for her uplifting Hoyt family report and a 2000 "George Foster Peabody Award" for her contribution to Dare to Compete: The Struggle for Women in Sports
, a documentary she co-wrote with Frank Deford. She won an additional "Peabody Award" for the 2006 documentary Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer
(which appeared on Tennis Channel after its initial HBO premiere). She became the first female recipient of the "Dick Schaap Award" for Outstanding Journalism in 2010 and has been named “Best TV Commentator” by Tennis magazine repeatedly. The WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s professional tennis, has twice awarded Carillo with its “Broadcaster of the Year” honor.