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Thursday, 9 June 2022

Sue Barker stepping down from Wimbledon coverage

Sue Barker, who has spent the past 30 years at the helm of the BBC's live sports broadcasting, has decided to step down at the end of this year's Wimbledon event.

Sue has been the brilliant presenter of a fantastic range of major events across the BBC for the past three decades, including Wimbledon and Queens tennis, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships, the London Marathon, the Grand National, Royal Ascot, and Sports Personality of the Year.

Sue was the first woman to lead presenting for a BBC crown jewel event, and in building her own extremely successful career, she paved the door for a slew of bright women to follow in her footsteps.

Displaying star quality in front of the camera from the outset, Sue truly mastered the art of fronting up live, complex broadcasts, always without autocue! A Grand Slam winner with a hugely successful tennis career, Sue brought credibility, knowledge and her own inimitable style to her broadcasting role. Authoritative, yet warm and inclusive, her ability to put others at ease has allowed her to get the very best out of guests, pundits and competitors.

Sue has become a much-loved British broadcasting institution. Her unique onscreen ability and likeable, welcoming nature have endeared her to the British public ,whilst ensuring she is revered and respected by athletes and players from across the globe.

On her departure Sue Barker says: "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.

Sue's final match will be the Wimbledon Men's Final on Sunday 10 July

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