BBC Wimbledon presenter Sue Barker will retire after this year’s tournament


Sue Barker will retire as presenter of BBC Wimbledon coverage at the end of this year’s tournament after 30 years, the broadcaster has announced.

The 66-year-old former French Open winner said: “What a wonderful time I’ve had working on some of the biggest sporting events in the world. I will miss it terribly but after 30 years, I feel that the time has come for me. I have worked with the best of the best.

Barker was the last British woman to win the French Open in 1976. BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “Sue Barker has been the face and voice of Wimbledon for three decades.

“Many of our viewers will not experience a summer in SW19 without her. She is an accomplished professional, an outstanding presenter and a wonderful colleague, loved by current and former players, all of us at the BBC and audiences across the Kingdom. -United and beyond.

“Her contribution to tennis, to the BBC, to sports presenting and for leading the way for women in broadcasting cannot be overstated. We look forward to her leading our coverage, with all the style, warmth and knowledge she has shown over the past 30 years, and we will say goodbye to her with heavy hearts when the tournament is over.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, added: “Sue is a national treasure and we would have liked her to continue in her role for many years to come.

“We of course respect her decision and understand why, after 30 years leading the presentation of Wimbledon, she is ready to make this year her last. We thank Sue for the outstanding contribution she has made to sports broadcasting over the what has been a truly extraordinary and illustrious career.

“A consummate professional who will be remembered by audiences for her skill, authority and warmth on screen, Sue will also be fondly and fondly remembered by her colleagues who had the privilege of working alongside her, experiencing the same professionalism and the same warmth behind the scenes.”

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