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Sue Barker
English television presenter and former tennis player

Sue Barker

Sue Barker
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Quick Facts

Intro English television presenter and former tennis player
A.K.A. Susan Barker
Is Athlete Tennis player Television presenter
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender female
Birth 19 April 1956, Paignton, Torbay, Devon, United Kingdom
Age 66 years
Star sign Aries
Stats
Height: 1.65 m
Awards
Member of the Order of the British Empire  
Officer of the Order of the British Empire  
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Susan Barker, CBE (born 19 April 1956) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won fifteen WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3. She is currently a sports presenter for the BBC, most notably fronting the corporation’s tennis coverage of Wimbledon and is a former host of A Question of Sport.

Early life

Barker was born and raised in Paignton, Devon, and educated at a convent school. In 1966, aged 10, she was picked out as the second of two girls who were to receive tennis coaching from Arthur Roberts, who had coached Angela Mortimer to three Grand Slam titles. Roberts continued her coaching beyond the selection prize commitment, charging only £1/session to allow her development to continue. Barker's forehand was her strongest and most admired weapon throughout her career, with Roberts describing it as "especially potent". Advised as a teenager by a visiting LTA coach to change her forehand, Roberts told her not to and he later resigned from the LTA Coaches Association in protest at the advice. Roberts later entered Barker into tournaments on the continent, providing her with a one-way ticket there and telling her to "earn your ticket home". Roberts remained Barker's mentor throughout her career.

Tennis career

Aged 16, and ranked 21st in the WTA rankings, Barker was advised by Roberts to move to the United States for her development. Signed by Mark McCormack's International Management Group (IMG) on her 17th birthday, she moved to an IMG provided townhouse in Newport Beach, California, where her neighbors included the newly retired Rod Laver, and was coached at the John Wayne Tennis Club.

In 1975, Barker won her first top-level singles title and three additional titles. Barker reached her first Grand Slam semifinal in 1975 at the Australian Open. She won the German Open in 1976, beating Renáta Tomanová of Czechoslovakia in the final 6–3, 6–1.

Later in 1976, Barker had the biggest victory of her career by winning the French Open at the age of 20, again defeating Tomanová in the final. After her French Open victory against Tomanová, Barker felt that it would be the first of a number of Grand Slam titles that she would win, but she would not reach another Grand Slam final in her career.

In 1977, Barker won two singles titles in San Francisco and Dallas. She beat Martina Navratilova to reach the Virginia Slims Tour Championships final, where she lost in three sets to Chris Evert. Barker reached the Australian Open semifinal for the second time in 1977 and reached the Wimbledon semifinal that year. She looked set to meet Virginia Wade in the Wimbledon final in 1977, but unexpectedly lost her semifinal against Betty Stöve of the Netherlands.

Years later, Barker said that losing to Stöve was the biggest disappointment of her career and admitted that she was so upset at losing in the 1977 Wimbledon semifinal that she could not bear to watch the final, which was won by Wade.

After an injury-plagued 1978 during which her ranking dropped to World No. 24, she won three singles titles and reached three other finals in 1979. She was named the tour's "Comeback Player of the Year" by her fellow professionals. Barker reached one final in 1980 and won the last singles title of her career at the Brighton International in 1981, finishing the year ranked World No. 16. She won her last doubles title in 1982 at Cincinnati and played her last professional match in 1984.

Barker won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles, posting wins over Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Maria Bueno, Rosemary Casals, Andrea Jaeger and Pam Shriver. In 2004, recalling her French Open win of 1976, Barker said "I'm still incredibly proud of what I achieved."

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1976 French Open Clay Renáta Tomanová 6–2, 0–6, 6–2

Year-end championships finals

Singles (1 runner–up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1977 New York City Carpet (i) Chris Evert 6–2, 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (1 runner–up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1979 New York City Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Françoise Dürr
Betty Stöve
6–7, 6–7

WTA Tour finals

Singles: 31 (15–16)

Titles by surface
Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (14–15)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (6–6)
Clay (5–1)
Carpet (4–8)
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (14–15)
Hard (0–1)
Grass (6–6)
Clay (5–1)
Carpet (4–8)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 27 May 1974 Surbiton Grass Sue Mappin 6–2, 7–5
Loss 1. 3 June 1974 Chichester Grass Paulina Peisachov 2–6, 2–6
Win 2. 8 July 1974 Båstad Clay Marijke Jansen 6–1, 7–5
Win 3. 7 July 1975 Båstad Clay Helga Masthoff 6–4, 6–0
Win 4. 14 July 1975 Kitzbühel Clay Pam Teeguarden 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2. 5 November 1975 Paris Carpet (i) Virginia Wade 1–6, 7–6, 7–9
Win 5. 1 December 1975 Adelaide Grass Helga Masthoff 6–5, ret.
Loss 3. 15 December 1975 Sydney Grass Evonne Goolagong 2–6, 4–6
Win 6. 5 January 1975 Auckland Grass Helga Masthoff 6–2, 6–1
Loss 4. 10 May 1976 Bournemouth Clay Helga Masthoff 7–5, 3–6, 3–6
Win 7. 17 May 1976 Hamburg Clay Renáta Tomanová 6–3, 6–1
Win 8. 31 May 1976 French Open Clay Renáta Tomanová 6–2, 0–6, 6–2
Loss 5. 25 November 1976 Tokyo Carpet (i) Chris Evert 2–6, 6–7
Loss 6. 6 December 1976 Melbourne Grass Margaret Court 2–6, 2–6
Loss 7. 17 January 1977 Houston Carpet (i) Martina Navratilova 6–7, 5–7
Loss 8. 24 January 1977 Minneapolis Carpet (i) Martina Navratilova 0–6, 1–6
Loss 9. 21 February 1977 Detroit Carpet (i) Martina Navratilova 4–6, 4–6
Win 9. 28 February 1977 San Francisco Carpet (i) Virginia Wade 6–3, 6–4
Win 10. 7 March 1977 Dallas Carpet (i) Terry Holladay 6–1, 7–6
Loss 10. 24 March 1977 Virginia Slims Championships Carpet (i) Chris Evert 6–2, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 11. 12 December 1977 Sydney Grass Evonne Goolagong 2–6, 3–6
Win 11. 21 November 1978 Brisbane Grass Chris O'Neil 6–1, 6–3
Loss 12. 12 March 1979 Boston Carpet (i) Dianne Fromholtz 2–6, 6–7
Loss 13. 26 March 1979 Carlsbad Hard Kerry Reid 6–7, 6–3, 2–6
Win 12. 3 June 1979 Manchester Grass Anne Hobbs 7–5, 4–6, 6–0
Loss 14. 10 June 1979 Chichester Grass Evonne Goolagong Cawley 1–6, 4–6
Win 13. 10 September 1979 Pittsburgh Carpet (i) Renée Richards 6–3, 6–1
Win 14. 3 December 1979 Sydney Grass Rosalyn Fairbank 6–0, 7–5
Loss 15. 8 December 1980 Adelaide Grass Hana Mandlíková 1–6, 4–6
Loss 16. 10 August 1981 Richmond Carpet (i) Mary-Lou Piatek 4–6, 1–6
Win 15. 19 October 1981 Brighton Carpet (i) Mima Jaušovec 4–6, 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: 30 (12–18)

Titles by Surface
Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (12–17)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (2–4)
Clay (2–4)
Carpet (8–10)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (12–17)
Hard (0–0)
Grass (2–4)
Clay (2–4)
Carpet (8–10)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 26 May 1975 Rome Clay Glynis Coles Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
1–6, 2–6
Win 1. 14 July 1975 Kitzbühel Clay Pam Teeguarden Fiorella Bonicelli
Raquel Giscafré
6–1, 6–3
Win 2. 1 December 1975 Adelaide Grass Michelle Tyler Kym Ruddell
Janet Young
7–5, 6–3
Loss 2. 8 December 1975 Perth Grass Michelle Tyler Christine Matison
Lesley Bowrey
6–7, 3–6
Loss 3. 16 August 1976 Toronto Clay Pam Teeguarden Cynthia Doerner
Janet Newberry
7–6, 3–6, 1–6
Win 3. 12 October 1976 Hilton Head Island Clay Evonne Goolagong Martina Navratilova
Virginia Wade
4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 4. 25 November 1976 Tokyo Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Rosie Casals
Françoise Dürr
4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 4. 17 January 1977 Houston Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Martina Navratilova
Betty Stöve
6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 5. 28 February 1977 San Francisco Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Kerry Reid
Greer Stevens
3–6, 1–6
Loss 6. 5 February 1979 Seattle Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Françoise Dürr
Betty Stöve
6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 7. 19 February 1979 Detroit Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Betty Stöve
Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 6–7
Loss 8. 12 March 1979 Boston Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Kerry Reid
Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 2–6
Loss 9. 19 March 1979 Avon Championships Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Françoise Dürr
Betty Stöve
6–7, 6–7
Loss 10. 2 April 1979 Tokyo Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Françoise Dürr
Betty Stöve
5–7, 6–7
Win 5. 10 September 1979 Pittsburgh Carpet (i) Candy Reynolds Bunny Bruning
Jane Stratton
6–3, 6–2
Loss 11. 3 December 1979 Sydney Grass Pam Shriver Billie Jean King
Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 4–6
Loss 12. 10 December 1979 Adelaide Grass Pam Shriver Hana Mandlíková
Virginia Ruzici
1–6, 6–3, 2–6
Win 6. 11 February 1980 Oakland Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Greer Stevens
Virginia Wade
6–0, 6–4
Loss 13. 31 March 1980 Tokyo Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
5–7, 3–6
Loss 14. 8 December 1980 Adelaide Grass Sharon Walsh Pam Shriver
Betty Stöve
4–6, 3–6
Win 7. 16 February 1981 Houston Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Regina Maršíková
Mary-Lou Piatek
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 15. 23 February 1981 Seattle Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Rosie Casals
Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 1–6
Win 8. 2 March 1981 Los Angeles Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Peanut Louie
Marita Redondo
6–1, 4–6, 6–1
Win 9. 4 May 1981 Tokyo Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Barbara Potter
Sharon Walsh
7–5, 6–2
Loss 16. 18 May 1981 Berlin Clay Renáta Tomanová Rosalyn Fairbank
Tanya Harford
3–6, 4–6
Win 10. 8 June 1981 Surbiton Grass Ann Kiyomura Billie Jean King
Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–7, 6–1
Loss 17. 3 August 1981 Indianapolis Clay Paula Smith JoAnne Russell
Virginia Ruzici
2–6, 2–6
Win 11. 10 August 1981 Richmond Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Kathy Jordan
Anne Smith
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Win 12. 11 January 1982 Cincinnati Carpet (i) Ann Kiyomura Pam Shriver
Anne Smith
6–2, 7–6
Loss 18. 15 February 1982 Houston Carpet (i) Sharon Walsh Kathy Jordan
Pam Shriver
6–7, 2–6

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
  • " * "Barker received a bye in the first round.
  • " ^ "Barker withdrew prior to the match, which is not counted as a loss.

Singles

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 W–L SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R SF 2R
A
SF QF A 3R 3R 1R A Q1 16–8 0 / 8
French Open A A 3R W A A 2R A 1R A A 1R 9–4 1 / 5
Wimbledon 2R 1R 3R* QF SF* 4R 1R 2R* 3R 1R 1R 2R 16–12 0 / 12
US Open A A 2R 4R* 3R A 2R* A 2R A A 1R 6–6 0 / 6
Year-end championship
WTA Championships Did not qualify F F DNQ SF Did not qualify 9–5 0 / 4
Win–Loss 1–1 2–2 8–4 16–5 12–4 5–2 4–5 2–2 5–4 0–2 0–1 1–3 56–35 1 / 35
Year-end ranking N/A 19 10 5 24 10 16 14 62 57 155

Doubles

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 W–L SR
Australian Open QF QF* QF*
A
1R 1R A SF SF 1R A 1R 10–9 0 / 9
French Open A QF* 2R* A A A A A A A 2R 2–3 0 / 3
Wimbledon 2R* QF* 1R 3R* SF* QF QF SF 2R* 1R A 16–10 0 / 10
US Open A QF^ QF A A 1R A A A A 1R 5–3 0 / 4
Year-end championship
WTA Championships Did not qualify F DNQ SF Did not qualify 1–2 0 / 2
Win–Loss 2–2 6–3 4–4 1–2 3–2 4–3 6–2 7–3 0–2 0–1 1–3 33–25 0 / 26
Year-end ranking N/A 116

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 W–L SR
Australian Open Absent 0–0 0 / 0
French Open Absent SF*^ Absent 2–0 0 / 1
Wimbledon Absent 1R Absent 3R 2R 3–3 0 / 3
US Open Absent 0–0 0 / 0
Win–Loss 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–3 0 / 4

Fed Cup

1974 Federation Cup
Date Venue Surface Round Opponents Final match score Match Opponent Rubber score
13–19 May
1974
Naples Clay SF  Australia 0–3 Doubles Goolagong/Young 0–6, 2–6 (L)
1975 Federation Cup
5–11 May
1975
Aix-en-Provence Clay 1R  Austria 3–0 Singles Sabine Bernegger 6–3, 6–2 (W)
Doubles Bernegger/Buche 6–3, 6–1 (W)
QF  France 1–2 Singles Nathalie Fuchs 1–6, 6–1, 4–6 (L)
1976 Federation Cup
22–29 Aug
1976
Philadelphia, PA Carpet (I) 1R  France 3–0 Singles Nathalie Fuchs 6–3, 6–0 (W)
Doubles Benedetti/Darmon 6–3, 6–2 (W)
QF  South Africa 2–1 Singles Linky Boshoff 6–1, 6–1 (W)
Doubles Boshoff/Kloss 1–6, 4–6 (L)
SF  Australia 0–3 Singles Dianne Fromholtz 2–6, 6–7 (L)
Doubles Cawley/Reid 1–6, 3–6 (L)
1977 Federation Cup
13–18 Jun
1977
Eastbourne Grass 1R  Denmark 3–0 Singles Dorte Ekner 6–3, 6–1 (W)
Doubles Ekner/Sparre 6–2, 6–2 (W)
2R  South Korea 3–0 Singles Choi Kyeong-Mi 6–1, 6–3 (W)
Doubles Choi/Lee 6–1, 6–0 (W)
QF  Sweden 3–0 Singles Mimmi Wikstedt 6–2, 6–0 (W)
Doubles Anliot/Wikstedt 6–2, 5–7, 6–3 (W)
SF  Australia 1–2 Singles Dianne Fromholtz 3–6, 4–6 (L)
Doubles Reid/Turnbull 6–1, 6–4 (W)
1978 Federation Cup
27 Nov –
3 Dec
1978
Melbourne Grass 1R  Spain 3–0 Singles Mónica Álvarez de Mon 6–0, 10–8 (W)
2R  West Germany 2–1 Singles Sylvia Hanika 3–6, 2–6 (L)
Doubles Ebbinghaus/Hanika 6–3, 6–0 (W)
QF  Czechoslovakia 2–1 Doubles Mandlíková/Tomanová 8–6, 7–5 (W)
SF  United States 0–3 Doubles Casals/King 6–1, 3–6, 4–6 (L)
1979 Federation Cup
30 Apr –
6 May
1979
Madrid Clay 1R  New Zealand 3–0 Singles Chris Newton 6–0, 6–0 (W)
Doubles Newton/Perry 6–1, 6–1 (W)
2R  Belgium 3–0 Singles Monique Van Haver 6–3, 11–9 (W)
Doubles Gurdal/Van Haver 6–3, 6–0 (W)
QF  Czechoslovakia 0–3 Singles Hana Mandlíková 6–3, 6–8, 4–6 (L)
1980 Federation Cup
19–25 May
1980
Berlin Clay 1R  Israel 3–0 Singles Paulina Peled 4–6, 7–6, 6–1 (W)
Doubles Bialistozky/Peled 6–2, 6–3 (W)
2R  Argentina 2–1 Singles Adriana Villagran Reami 5–7, 7–6, 6–2 (W)
Doubles Madruga Osses/Villagran Reami 5–7, 6–2, 6–4 (W)
QF  West Germany 0–3 Singles Bettina Bunge 2–6, 0–6 (L)
Doubles Bunge/Hanika 3–6, 3–6 (L)
1981 Federation Cup
9–15 Nov
1981
Tokyo Clay 1R  Belgium 3–0 Doubles de Witte/de Wouters 6–3, 6–3 (W)
2R  France 3–0 Singles Corinne Vanier 4–6, 6–2, 10–8 (W)
Doubles Amiach/Tanvier 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 (W)
QF  Soviet Union 2–1 Singles Elena Eliseenko 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 (W)
Doubles Cherneva/Zaitseva 6–3, 6–1 (W)
SF  Australia 2–1 Singles Wendy Turnbull 7–6, 3–6, 6–2 (W)
Doubles Leo/Turnbull 7–6, 6–3 (W)
F  United States 0–3 Singles Chris Evert 2–6, 1–6 (L)
1982 Federation Cup
19–25 Jul
1982
Santa Clara Hard 1R BYE
2R  Israel 3–0 Singles Orly Bialistozky 6–1, 6–3 (W)
QF  Soviet Union 1–2 Singles Hana Mandlíková 7–6, 6–7, 3–6 (L)

Broadcasting career

Sue Barker interviewing Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2016

Upon retiring from tennis Barker became a commentator and sports reporter for Australia's Channel 7 in 1985 before going on to anchor tennis coverage for British Sky Broadcasting from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, Barker joined the BBC Wimbledon coverage as a regular guest on Today at Wimbledon with Harry Carpenter. She took over as host of Today at Wimbledon in 1994 and since 2000 has anchored the two-week-long broadcast for the network.

Barker has branched out since joining the BBC, becoming one of their chief sports presenters. She has been the presenter of the long-running sports quiz show A Question of Sport (QoS) since 1997, having replaced the late David Coleman. She will be retiring as QoS presenter following the BBC's decision to revamp the show; she is due to record her last episode in September 2020. She was a host of the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony from 1994 to 2012 before stepping down in 2013.

Barker has hosted BBC Sport's coverage of the Australian Open, the French Open, Queens Club Championships, Eastbourne, the Davis Cup, the ATP World Tour Finals and Wimbledon.

Other sporting events she has hosted have included the Grand National (2000–2007), the Derby (2001–2007), Racing at Ascot and Longchamp (1995–1999), Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the Great North Run, World Athletics Championships and European Athletics Championships (1999–2009), BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1994–2012), Commonwealth Games (1994–2010), Summer Olympics (1996–2012) and Winter Olympics (1994–2010).

In June 1999, she co-presented coverage of HRH Prince Edward's wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones at Windsor alongside Michael Buerk. Barker had introduced Rhys-Jones to Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son at a charity function a few years earlier.

In 2008, Barker and the BBC extended her contract to cover the London 2012 Summer Olympics. It is estimated to be worth £375,000 a year. In 2014, she stepped away from the cameras, but worked as a BBC commentator at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

In July 2012, the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK received over 40 complaints for a Go Compare advert that Barker starred in when she was featured firing a large rocket launcher at opera singer Gio Compario (Wynne Evans) in an attempt to kill off the face of the brand. A spokesperson for the ASA said: "Some people think it offensive especially at a time when children are watching. Others think it inappropriate when our security forces are coming under fire on a daily basis. As with all complaints, we are looking into the matter before deciding if we launch a full investigation."

Barker was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to sport and broadcasting, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.

In September 2020, it was announced that Barker would step down from her role as host of BBC game show A Question of Sport after 24 years; she stated that she was "sad to say goodbye".

Personal life

In 1978, Barker broke off an engagement with Australian tennis player Syd Ball. In an interview the following year, she said: "I realised that Syd wasn't the answer. Underneath, I wasn't happy and I certainly wasn't ready for marriage. I wasn't fair to him or myself." After her engagement was broken off, she had a brief relationship with golfer Greg Norman.

In 1982, Barker met singer Cliff Richard. Their romance attracted considerable media attention after Richard flew to Denmark to watch her play in a tennis match and they were photographed cuddling and holding hands at Wimbledon. Richard said in 2008 that he had come close to asking her to marry him. He said: "I seriously contemplated asking her to marry me, but in the end I realised that I didn't love her quite enough to commit the rest of my life to her."

In 1986, after Barker's romance with Richard had ended and she began a brief relationship with tennis player Stephen Shaw, Richard said that he was still a friend of Barker. He said: "We have a mutual respect for each other and that means a lot to me."

In 1988, Richard said of his former romance with Barker: "We were closer than just friends. She's the only person with whom I've had that sort of relationship." He said that one of the things which made up his mind not to marry her was when she got upset because he hadn't told her who he was seeing that day. Richard said: "I suddenly realised that in a marriage you don't live for yourself."

In 1988, Barker married landscape gardener and former policeman Lance Tankard. They live in the Cotswolds village of Stanton, Gloucestershire after moving from a mansion on a 26-acre estate in Godalming, Surrey.

In 1980, Barker was temporarily blinded in her right eye after a large dog in Spain jumped up and bit her. She lost the sight in her eye for five hours and feared that the dog attack would force her to stop playing tennis, which she said "broke her heart".

In an interview in 1999, Barker said that during her tennis career she was approached by a lesbian tennis player in the locker room and touched "in a way that didn't feel right". Barker refused to name the female tennis player involved.

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