Legendary Wimbledon presenter Sue Barker has reportedly hinted that Roger Federer may join BBC’s Wimbledon coverage in 2023. In 2023, the BBC will be adding a new face to their Wimbledon commentary. Barker, a legendary Wimbledon presenter, retired this year after three decades in the booth.
This week, Barker held a Q&A at Kingston’s Rose Theatre. According to the Kingston Nub News’ Stuart Higgins, Barker “also dropped a heavy hint that tennis legend Roger Federer, who officially retired at The Laver Cup tournament at the 02 last month, may be joining the BBC’s commentary team for Wimbledon next year”.
Barker pays tribute to Federer
For the first time in the 21st century, a Wimbledon edition took place without Federer participating. However, Federer did make an appearance at The All England Club this year as he took part in the Parade of Champions – which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s iconic Centre Court.
At Wimbledon, Federer is a record eight-time champion and a true icon. “We have been blessed to watch this incredible era of the sport and all three of these great players will be remembered as greats of the game,” Barker told Tennis365.
“Djokovic might well end up with the most Grand Slam titles and what Nadal has achieved at the French Open with his 14 titles is just incredible. But I look at the way they play and Roger Federer made the game look so easy.
Also, the role model he was to kids and his popularity around the world is second to none. He has been voted the most popular player for 20 years in a row. We were so lucky to have him playing until he was 40 and for me, I would still say at the moment that Roger is the best for everything he stands for and what he has given the sport.
I was very fortunate to be part of the Parade of Champions on middle Sunday at Wimbledon this year and Roger came over to take part. We didn’t know he was coming until half an hour before so it was very exciting.”