Sue Barker may have accidentally revealed her replacement for Wimbledon after accepting the award at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards.
He, a 66-year-old former professional tennis player and commentator, bid farewell to Wimbledon in tears earlier this year after 30 years of covering tennis events for the BBC.
After receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Woman of Action Awards Wednesday night, Barker sat down with fellow sports broadcaster Clare Balding onstage to discuss her achievement.
In the conversation, Barker said: “I just want to say, leaving Wimbledon, it was so… I’ve loved it all my life.
“I know I’m keeping it in the safest place, it’s great to leave it with Clare” while pointing at Balding, 51.
Balding looked a little worried at Barker’s obvious slip and bit his lip in response to the remark.
Balding has featured the News Today segment at Wimbledon – showing matchday highlights and discussions each evening – since 2015 and has been a favorite to replace Barker since she retired. retired in June.
If she is indeed officially announced as the new presenter, Balding will follow in the footsteps of a select few who have presented the main show of the Championship, including David Coleman, Harry Carpenter, Des Lynam and Barker .
Before becoming a presenter, Barker played tennis professionally, winning the Grand Slam singles title after winning the French Open in 1976.
When Barker stepped down from his role as the annual sports presenter in July, Balding seemed to choke as he wished his colleague well from the comment box alongside commentator and former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe.
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“And I think it’s fair to say, we broke her,” Balding said as Barker also shed tears.
During the farewell, Barker managed to say a few words despite her tears, saying: “It was an absolute privilege. I loved it. Thirty wonderful years. Thank you.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/sue-barker-appears-to-accidentally-confirm-her-replacement-for-wimbledon-42152895.html Sue Barker seems to accidentally confirm her replacement for Wimbledon