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May 15, 2024

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Why is Sue Barker not presenting Wimbledon?

Sue Barker will not be at the heart of BBC’s live showing of the Wimbledon final after 30 years as its leading presenter… but why will she not feature on our screens?

The final of this year’s men’s Wimbledon final sees Novak Djokovic take on Carlos Alcaraz, but an iconic name will not feature on our screens.

Sue Barker has been at the heart of Wimbledon’s coverage for the last 30 years. However, she will not be presenting this year’s final on BBC.

Alcaraz will be looking to win his first title against the Serbian. The Spaniard comes into the clash after sealing a stunning 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory in the semi-final against Daniil Medvedev

As for Djokovic, the 23-time Grand Slam winner reached his fifth final in a row after defeating Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.  

With the final of Wimbledon underway, why is Sue Barker not presenting BBC’s live coverage? Mail Sport provides the answers below.

Sue Barker will not be covering this year's final after 30 years as the lead BBC presenter

Sue Barker will not be covering this year’s final after 30 years as the lead BBC presenter

Novak Djokovic will be looking to win the Wimbledon title for a fifth time in a row against Carlos Alcaraz

Novak Djokovic will be looking to win the Wimbledon title for a fifth time in a row against Carlos Alcaraz

Why is Sue Barker not presenting Wimbledon? 

Barker will not be presenting this year’s final after stepping down from her role in 2022.

The 66-year-old presenter was offered a three-year extension by the BBC to stay. 

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, Barker revealed that she opted to retire while she was “still on top’ of her game.

‘Basically I just feel the time is right. It has been my dream job and I have loved every minute of it, working with so many great colleagues who I am going to miss so much,’ she said.

‘When I started I never thought I would manage 30 years. I had actually made up my mind to leave in 2017 because the hours were becoming very long and quite challenging. That would have been 25 years and seemed a good time, but I am so glad I made the decision to stay on. I’m very happy to be leaving with no regrets and on my own terms while I am still on top of the job, it just feels like the right time to go and leave it to others.’

Barker revealed that the death of her mother aged 100 was a key factor.

‘My mum was always so interested in my broadcasting career and we would speak every evening.

‘When something like that happens it does make you reassess life, which is another reason I think this is the right time.’

Barker revealed that the death of her mother aged 100 was a key factor in her decision to call it time on her career

Barker revealed that the death of her mother aged 100 was a key factor in her decision to call it time on her career

Who is Sue Barker’s replacement?

Earlier this year, the BBC confirmed that Clare Balding will replace Barker as the lead presenter for their Wimbledon coverage.

She said: ‘It’s a huge honour to be given this responsibility but I am very aware that no one person can fill Sue’s shoes.

Speaking on the announcement, Balding said: ‘This will always be a team effort and we’re lucky that the BBC line-up includes former professionals with huge insight as well as wonderful reporters and commentators.

‘It’s my job to bring out the best in them and to help make our viewers feel they have a front row seat on the greatest sporting stage.’

Isa Guha – much better known for her work in cricket – will do the early presenting shift of the daily coverage before handing over to Ms Balding. 

Balding will now take the reins for the 2023 tournament

Barker presented her final Wimbledon for the BBC last year

Clare Balding (left) has been made Sue Barker’s successor for the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage

How to watch Wimbledon

Today’s coverage will begin on BBC Two and is due to get underway at 1pm.

Fans will be able to watch all of this year’s action live on BBC. All of the matches will also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.

For those who miss anything, fans will be able to catch up via ‘Today at Wimbledon’ every day from 9pm during the tournament.

ESPN will also be showing live coverage of all of this year’s action for those watching in the States.

Mail Sport will be providing live coverage of the Wimbledon men’s final so you can keep up to date with all the action here.

This year's men's final will take place on Centre Court, with Novak Djokovic and Carlos ALcaraz going head-to-head for the prize

This year’s men’s final will take place on Centre Court, with Novak Djokovic and Carlos ALcaraz going head-to-head for the prize