Andy Murray ‘gutted’ by news of former world number three stepping down from Wimbledon broadcasting
Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is saddened by the news that former British number one Sue Barker will no longer present coverage of the Championships after the 2022 edition.
Barker, 66, announced the news that she will end her time anchoring the BBC broadcast of Wimbledon after the Championships this summer, ending nearly 30 years on screen presenting for the network at SW19.
Now Murray, who had many a memorable moment on court while being interviewed by Barker, has reacted to the news.
He posted on his Instagram story: “Gutted with this news, absolutely love Sue.”
Barker was a star of British tennis in the 1970s and early 1980s, peaking at world number three in March 1977, about nine months after achieving history by winning the 1976 Roland Garros women’s singles title.
After retiring in 1984, Barker began doing coverage for the BBC in 1993 before leading the coverage of Wimbledon from 2000.
After her time on court brought British tennis history, Barker was part of more history for the nation through her work doing Wimbledon coverage.
She comforted Murray after he lost his first Wimbledon final appearance to Roger Federer in 2012.
Then, a year later, Barker was one of the first to congratulate the Brit when he got over the line against Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final.
Barker also did work presenting the Olympic Games, the Sports Personality of the Year Awards and the Grand National for the BBC among other events.
Before Wimbledon rolls around this year, BBC viewers can catch Barker covering Queen’s, the ATP 500 event that beginning 13th June, two weeks before SW19 kicks off.
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