‘Roger Federer of broadcasting!’: John McEnroe pays emotional tribute to outgoing presenter Sue Barker ahead of Novak Djokovic-Nick Kyrgios final… her last day at Wimbledon after 30 years as the face of BBC tennis coverage

  • John McEnroe jokingly tried to get Sue Barker to reverse her decision to quit
  • The 66-year-old is stepping down after 30 years as a tennis personality
  • McEnroe thanked Barker before they embraced on Center Court this afternoon
  • The hug was in preparation for the men’s final on the final day of Wimbledon

John McEnroe paid an emotional tribute to Sue Barker on the broadcaster’s final day in the Wimbledon.

Barker, who is stepping down as a tennis personality BBCran the pre-match coverage on Center Court before the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios when McEnroe, who was working as a pundit, went off script to thank the 66-year-old for her efforts over the years.

The three-time Wimbledon champion hugged Barker before walking away from the camera.

Sue Barker and John McEnroe were BBC broadcasting colleagues for many years

Sue Barker took to center court for the last time today in the men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios

Sue Barker took to center court for the last time today in the men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios

Barker spoke to now seven-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic after he defeated Kyrgios in four sets to claim the title

Barker spoke to now seven-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic after he defeated Kyrgios in four sets to claim the title

Barker arrived at Wimbledon this morning for her final day covering the tournament

Barker arrived at Wimbledon this morning for her final day covering the tournament

“Before I go, I want to give you one last hug, Sue,” McEnroe said before they embraced.

‘Thank you for everything. You were amazing, incredible…we will miss you.

‘If you want [an] absolutely big time [comparison]you’re the Roger Federer of the broadcast world.”

Barker blushed before replying, “Thank you very much!”

Twitter reacted similarly to Barker, erupting as the two tennis legends spoke.

“I love that McEnroe keeps making noise about Sue Barker. It’s so beautiful, said one user.

“I think John McEnroe is going to miss Sue Barker a lot,” added another.

@BForce77 joked that “McEnroe calling Sue Barker the Roger Federer of broadcasting was the least annoying thing he’s ever said”, while another posted: “Lovely tribute (and hug) to Sue Barker just in from legend John McEnroe.”

Sue Barker with Wimbledon champion Alena Rybakina yesterday

Barker in 1999 during her early years at the BBC

Sue Barker with Wimbledon champion Alena Rybakina yesterday (left) and in 1999 (right)

Barker offers his condolences to men's singles runner-up Nick Kyrgios on Center Court on Saturday 10 July

Barker offers his condolences to men’s singles runner-up Nick Kyrgios on Center Court on Saturday 10 July

In June, Sportsmail exclusively revealed that the BBC had offered Barker a three-year contract extension.

But she promised to give up the victory and will not be seen on the screens after today’s final.

She revealed that her mother’s death earlier this year was the reason behind her decision.

“Basically, I just feel like the time has come. It was my dream job and I loved every minute of it, working with so many wonderful colleagues who I will miss so much.” she told the Daily Mail.

“My mum was always very interested in my career in broadcasting and we talked every night.

“When something like this happens, it makes you reevaluate your life, and that’s another reason I think it’s the right time.”

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