Home Article Sue Barker is Married to Husband Lance Tankard: Is the Couple happy together, any Divorce Rumors? Also see her Career

Sue Barker is Married to Husband Lance Tankard: Is the Couple happy together, any Divorce Rumors? Also see her Career

Updated On 04 Apr, 2023 Published On 03 Aug, 2017
Sue Barker is Married to Husband Lance Tankard: Is the Couple happy together, any Divorce Rumors? Also see her Career

The former tennis player, Sue Barker who is now the television presenter for England is now living a happy married life with the former policeman, Lance Tankard.

The former tennis player, Sue Barker,  an English television presenter is living a happy married life along with his long-time partner, Lance Tankard, a landscape gardener. The couple is together for almost 30 years which is not a joke. It is a long interval of time.

The couple could be the source of inspiration for those who do believe in true love and long-lasting relationships. But to reach this point they have to get through some failed relationships. So, to know about their past affairs and current relationship, stay with us.

Sue Barker happily living with her husband, Lance Tankard

Sue and Lance, the long-time partners are blessed to have each other in their life and are still together with no rumors about divorce or an extra-marital affair. Lance is a former policeman and a landscape gardener. The couple first met in Portugal when Lance was on his holidays Barker was the tennis coach.

After that, they started dating each other and the rest is what we all know now. They decided to take their relationship to the next level, hence got married in 1988 in an intimate ceremony. Since then-till-today, they are happy with each other and living a lavish life.

Sue and Lance together, Source: The Sun

They have no children but treat their pets as their kids

Even after 30 years of their marriage, the couple doesn't have any children yet. Even if they do not have any kids, they show their love towards their pets. They even treated their dogs as their kids

Sue with her pets, Source: Daily Mail

Sue's past affairs

Before marrying her present husband was in multiple failed relationships. Previously, she was in a relationship with an Australian tennis player, Syd Ball. After having a relationship for certain months, she got engaged to Syd but the relationship did not last long and the former tennis couple broke up after a certain months of their relationship.


After her break up, She stated

''I realized 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 separation from Syd, she again indulged in a relationship for the second time with a singer named, Cliff Richard in 1982. While they were together, were spotted so many places together hanging out.


Sue and Cliff posing for a click, Source: CNN.com
But after some time together, Richard proposed to her to marry but they both were not really realistic to get married so broke up in 1986. However, even after their break up, they remain on good terms of friendship to date.

Sue's career

After starting her career in tennis she was ranked 21st in the WTA ranking at the tender age of 16. After a year, she was signed by Mark McCormack's International Management Group (IMG) and shifted to the townhouse in Newport Beach, California where she used to live near by another famous sportsman Rod Laver as a neighbor.

Her outstanding performance led her to win the first-top level singles title. Her biggest achievement came after she won the French Open in 1976 which gained her both name and fame. According to her, playing against Regina Marsikova was one of her toughest challenges.

Sue posing after winning the match, Source: TennisForum.com

After playing several matches, she won almost 11 singles titles and 12 doubles titles against some tennis legends like Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Virgina Wade, Marnie Bueno, Pam Shriver, Andrea Jaeger, and Rosemary Casals.

Besides, tennis she also got engaged in broadcasting too. Sue became the sports reporter and commentator for Australia's Channel 7.

She also joined the Wimbledon coverage on BBC and is now anchoring the two week long broadcasting.

Sue interviewing the winner of the tournament, Source: The Sun

As of now, she is accessible at every final to interview both the male and female tournament on the court side.

Quick Facts about Sue Barker

Sue posing for a click, Source: Daily Express
  • Born on 19th April 1956 in Paignton, Devon, England.
  • Raised in Paignton, Devon along with her four siblings and is the youngest among three.
  • At the very beginning of her teen, she was ranked 21st position in the WTA ranking.
  • Signed by Mark McCormack's International Management Group and coached at the Joh Wayne Tennis Club.
  • In 1975, reached for the first time in her Grand Slam semi-final.
  • Won German Open against Renata Tomanova of Czechoslovakia.
  • In 1999, approached by a lesbian tennis player in the locker room and touched in a way she felt uncomfortable but did not speak out her name.
  • Beated Martina Navratilova to reach Virginia Slims Tour Championships.
  • Lost her semi-final game against Betty Stove from the Netherlands.
  • Became broadcaster of Australian Channel 7 and joined BBC.
  • Became BBC Sports Personality of the Year and is presently on the sports quiz show A Question of Sport.
  • Hosted Hennessy Gold Cup, World Athletics Championships, European Athletics Championships, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and many others.
  • Is a member of the Order of the British Empire and was also appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Became temporarily blind after a large dog in Spain jumped over him and lost the eyesight for five hours.
  • Has an estimated annual salary of $2 million. 

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