Emotional tributes to Sue Barker on final day hosting Wimbledon after 30 years

Emotional tributes were paid to Sue Barker on her final day of hosting Wimbledon.

The broadcaster has become a household name across the UK as she shot to fame during her career as a tennis player, reaching as high as world number three in the WTA rankings and winning the 1976 French Open. Since retiring she turned her hand to broadcasting and became synonymous with the BBC's coverage of tennis events.

Barker is now stepping down as the face of the BBC's tennis coverage after she hosted the coverage on Centre Court for the Men's Wimbledon Final that saw Djokovic beat Kyrgios. Ahead of the match, John McEnroe, who was working as a pundit for the BBC as part of the coverage, went entirely off-script to pay tribute to the 66-year-old legend for her dedication to the sport over the years.

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McEnroe, who won Wimbledon three times during his career, hugged Barker before stepping away from the camera. He said: "Before I go I want to give you one last hug, Sue."

Then, after the two embraced, he continued: "If you want [an] absolutely big time [comparison], you're the Roger Federer of the broadcasting world."

Barker thanked the tennis great, with people across social media also paying tribute to the broadcasting hero. Following the conclusion of the final, Claire Balding took a moment to thank the 'GOAT' of the tennis broadcasting world, as described by former tennis player Billie Jean King.

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Balding handed over to the American, who said: "We've got Sue Barker and she's the GOAT. For men and women, she's an amazing example. If you want to be a presenter and the best in the field of broadcasting, [look at] Sue Barker. I told you, she's the GOAT, the best ever."

While pundits and fans alike both thanked and cheers the presenter, Barker wiped away the tears of happiness as she bids farewell to her extraordinary career on TV. Before the coverage finished, she said "Can I just say it's been an absolute privilege. I've loved it. 30 amazing years. Thank you."

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