‘Sue Barker is Wimbledon’ – Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Billie Jean King pay tribute as ‘GOAT’ bids farewell
Sue Barker said a tearful goodbye to Wimbledon after her final stint at presenting the BBC’s coverage.
The 66-year-old is hanging up her microphone after 30 years of fronting the annual sporting showpiece.
Commentator and former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe introduced a package of Barker’s highlights, both as a player and a presenter, at SW19.
McEnroe said “Sue Barker is Wimbledon” while there were tributes from the great and the good of the sport.
“It’s been an absolute privilege. I’ve loved it.” 🥺❤️
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 10, 2022
Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Rafael Nadal and Billie-Jean King all paid tribute to the former French Open champion.
From elsewhere in the sporting world, Olympians Robin Cousins and Michael Johnson also sent their best wishes for a happy retirement.
A broadcasting legend. 30 years at the top of the game. Here’s to Sue Barker. 👏
— LTA (@the_LTA) July 10, 2022
“You made me cry,” eight-time Wimbledon winner Federer while Murray said: “You are going to be missed by everyone who loves tennis.”
King named Barker the greatest presenter, saying: “She’s an amazing example – if you want to be an amazing presenter, if you want to be anything in broadcasting – she’s the GOAT [greatest of all time].”
An emotional Barker said: “It’s been an absolute privilege. I’ve loved it, 30 amazing years.
“I’ll miss the job, I wish I had the next 30 years because I love it but most of all I’m going to miss the people I work with in front of the camera, behind the camera . You’ve just been absolutely amazing.
“I’ve just been so proud to front the programme. Thank you.”
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