Sue Barker didn’t want to do ‘a Roger Federer’ after leaving BBC Wimbledon role | Tennis | Sport

Sue Barker has recalled what she told herself while introducing her Wimbledon final this summer, as the British icon admitted she didn’t want to “do a Roger Federer” after revealing what the 20-time Grand Slam champion had told her. previously on yours. memories of the tournament Barker stepped down from her role as presenter of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage this year after more than two decades at her helm.

Barker presented his last Wimbledon for the BBC this year after joining the station as one of its tennis presenters in 1993 before becoming the presenter of tournament coverage in 2000. After his final year at the helm, the 66-year-old woman has now received the Lifetime Achievement Award at BT Sport’s Action Woman Awards.

And during her victory speech with fellow Wimbledon presenter Clare Balding, the former world number 3 recalled what she told herself while hosting the centenary celebrations on Center Court during The Championships this year, as she cried as her co-hosts called out to the crowd. to give him a standing ovation, explaining why she told herself that she didn’t want to “do a Roger”.

“I remember all the champions were there and I was really crying because the more they cheered, the more I cried,” he said, referring to the centenary ceremony where a host of former Wimbledon champions lined up to celebrate 100 years of the court. central. . Laughing, he added, “And I looked at Roger because, let’s face it, why wouldn’t you?”

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Imitating sobs, the 1976 French Open winner added: “I can’t leave [crying] like this but you [Claire] you made me cry on the last day with all your beautiful words.” The tennis-played-turned-The broadcaster also shared her appreciation for Balding, and the presenter will continue her role on the BBC’s coverage.

“I know I’m leaving it in the safest of hands, it’s absolutely wonderful to leave it to Clare,” he said after accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award. “But also Claire, this year at Wimbledon, me, you and Isa Guha. To have three women hosting Wimbledon for the first time in history.”

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