Sue Barker in a tearful farewell after hosting BBC Wimbledon for 30 years

Sue Barker has tearfully bid farewell to Wimbledon after 30 years of presenting the tennis event to the BBC, calling it an “absolute privilege”.

Before becoming a presenter, Barker, 66, was a professional tennis player and achieved a Grand Slam singles title after winning the French Open in 1976.

To mark Barker’s departure from his role as host of the annual sports programme, commentator and former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe presented a film of Barker’s highlights, both as a player and as a player. and a presenter.

In the film, many famous faces from the world of tennis and beyond in the sports field sent their best wishes to Barker.

Former tennis player Tim Henman said: “I think my final message to Sue is that I will miss her professionally.

“She’s been here in every Wimbledon tournament I’ve been in as a professional and now works for the tournament side and for the BBC.

“We will miss her very much but hopefully it will give her more time to go to the royal box in the evening and have a few more glasses of champagne. So I’m looking forward to that.”

Former world number one tennis player Billie Jean King said: “Sue you know I was sad when you left, right?

“I know you have to. I’m probably gone too, don’t worry.

“Anyway, thanks for everything. And I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next chapter of your life and just keep going. “

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After the film ended, Barker was extremely emotional and burst into tears as those present continued to praise her achievement.

King said: “She is a PASSION. Best ever.”

Host Clare Balding also seemed choked up as she wished Barker well.

“And I think it’s fair to say, we broke her,” added Balding, 51.

Barker managed to say a few sentences despite her tears, saying: “It was an absolute privilege. I love it. Thirty wonderful years. Thank you.”

A crowd of Wimbledon fans gathered below the comment box and could be heard clapping, cheering and chanting Barker’s name.

In the film charting the career of Barker, the 2022 Wimbledon men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic said: “Sue please don’t leave. I heard the bad news today that after 30 years you decide to finish.

“You are probably the most legendary tennis broadcaster in the UK, so tennis will miss you, I will miss you and miss interviews.

“Hopefully I get the chance to have at least one interview with you before you leave. So I have to say goodbye to you in person.

“Thank you for everything you do and contribute to our sport.”

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said: “Hi Sue, I just wanted to send you a message to wish you a happy retirement.

“You have been so great for our sport and I always have, I grew up watching you on TV, and then obviously I was interviewed by you many times.

“I also enjoy watching you on Question Of Sport. You will be regretfully missed by all tennis lovers and followers in this country.

“We’re all sad about it but yeah, all the best in your retirement.”

The tributes continued online as Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker tweeted: “What a superstar Sue Barker. Knowledgeable, insightful, caring, calm, respected… just an excellent broadcaster. “

“She can rule long.”

TV presenter Sue Perkins wrote: “I will miss Sue Barker so much. Truly a champion. Thank you for being in my living room for thirty years.”

Eamonn Holmes tweeted: “#SueBarker class and elegant action.”

Vernon Kay has kept her message short and sweet, tweeting: “Sue Barker… .legend.” Sue Barker in a tearful farewell after hosting BBC Wimbledon for 30 years

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