Wimbledon 2022: is Sue Barker presenting tennis this year, and when is she retiring after last SW19?

The former professional tennis player has been leading the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage for 30 years

Tennis player turned television presenter Sue Barker left fans disappointed when she announced that she would present the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon for the final time during 2022.

So, when is Sue Barker retiring, how long has she been presenting Wimbledon for, and who might replace her?

Here’s what you need to know.

Sue Barker will present her last ever Wimbledon during the 2022 championships after 30 years fronting the BBC’s coverage of the annual tennis event.

Who is Sue Barker?

Sue Barker is a sports television presenter and former professional tennis player.


She became a pro tennis player in 1973 and retired in 1984. She began presenting the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage in 1993.

During her tennis career she won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including a Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3.

She is currently a sports presenter for the BBC, most notably fronting coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships.

When is Sue Barker retiring?

Sue Barker will retire from next month, after announcing earlier this year that this year’s Wimbledon would be her last.


Barker will officially retire after the Wimbledon men’s final which takes place in July.

Speaking about her retirement, she said “the time is right”.

"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.

"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."


Will Sue Barker present Wimbledon 2022?

Yes, fans of Barker do not need to worry as she will be back on our screens.

She has previously presented during the morning matches, but this year she will start her shift in the afternoons and guide tennis fans through until the close of play.

How long has Sue Barker been presenting Wimbledon for?

Sue Barker joined the BBC Wimbledon coverage as a regular guest in 1993, and became the full time host of Today at Wimbledon in 1994.

When she steps down at the end of this year, Barker will have been covering Wimbledon for 30 years.


Who might replace Sue Barker?

Sports journalist Clare Balding, former British tennis number one Tim Henman, US tennis sensation John McEnroe and comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuiness are all rumoured to be in the running to replace Barker.

How old is Sue Barker?

Barker is 66 years old. She was born on 19 April 1956.

Is Sue Barker married?

In 1988, Sue married landscape gardener and former policeman, Lance Tankard.


The two met one another in Portugal earlier in the 80s, where Sue was working as a tennis coach and Lance was on holiday.

Once they returned home to England, the two co-incidentally met each other while out for dinner and they later began dating.

Does Sue Barker have children?

No, Sue Barker does not have any children.