Sue Barker announces her departure from the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage

Sue Barker

Sue Barker has hosted the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage for 30 years (Picture: Getty)

Sue Barker, the famous presenter of BBC tennis coverage, will retire after this year Wimbledon.

The 66-year-old presenter has decided to hang up the mic after 30 years, despite being offered a three-year extension.

Last year, Barker stepped down as the presenter of A Question of Sport, a role she played for 24 years.

In an official statement via the BBC, she said: “What a wonderful time I’ve had working on some of the biggest sporting events around the world. I will miss it terribly but after 30 years I feel the time is right for me. I’ve worked with the best of the best.”

The former tennis star joined the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage in 1993 and has managed the network’s broadcast since 2000.

Barker’s last game will be the men’s Wimbledon final, which takes place on July 10.

Andy Murray and Sue Barker

Barker interviews Andy Murray after he won Wimbledon in 2016 (Image: Getty)

she said Mail Plus: “When I started I never thought I would make it 30 years. Actually, I had planned to leave in 2017 because the working hours were very long and quite challenging.

“It would have been 25 years and seemed like a good time but I’m so glad I made the decision to move on. I’m very happy to be leaving with no regrets and on my own terms, while still at the top of the job it just feels like the right time to leave and let others do it.

“My mother was always so interested in my broadcasting career and we talked every night. When something like that happens, you rethink life and that’s another reason why I think this is the right time.”

BBC Director General Tim Davie said of Barker’s departure: “Sue Barker has been the face and voice of Wimbledon for three decades. Many of our viewers won’t know a summer in SW19 without them.

“She is a consummate professional, a superb presenter and a wonderful colleague who is loved by current and former players, by all of us at the BBC and by audiences across the UK and beyond.

“Her contribution to tennis, to the BBC, to sports broadcasting and to paving 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 displayed over the past 30 years and it is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell at the end of the tournament.”

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