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"there has only ever been one perfect man, the Lord Jesus, and we killed him. I only missed a putt."

Berhard Langer on the 1991 Ryder Cup

Calling the shots

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Sue Barker, the London, Ebury, 2022 ISBN 978-152-9149 036

The autobiography of a grand slam winning tennis player who then had a successful career in television is an interesting read. At times I struggled with the dichotomy, that she insists that she is a very private person yet one who wants to publish an autobiography and tell the reader that she had “owned three Ferraris over the years and probably most of the other super cars out there”.

While I remember her career I had forgotten how all the great successes came at a very early stage in her career.

She refers to her friendship with Cliff Richard as something short-lived but which was a source of frustration to her that Cliff continue to talk about it many years later. She sums up that frustration “It was bizarre how this leapt from putting an end to our friendship casually via a mate on the phone to declaring to the world that he couldn’t propose to me. I never felt that it had reached anywhere near the stage when you’re thinking long-term”.

She refers to Cliff as “very Christian” but gives nothing away about her own faith or lack of it beyond a comment that on the tennis tour she “sometimes I joined the Christian girls’ meetings for coffee and chat”.

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