Why is Sue Barker stepping down from BBC Wimbledon coverage and who is her husband Lance Tankard? – The Sun

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SUE BARKER is one of the nation’s best-loved TV and sports presenters and Wimbledon just will not be the same without her.

And after announcing she is stepping down from the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage following the 2022 edition, it’ll be a fond farewell from TV viewers.

 Sue Barker has been axed from A Question of Sport

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Sue Barker has been axed from A Question of SportCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures’ Digital Picture

How old is Sue Barker?

Sue Barker was born on April 19, 1956, which makes her 66 years old.

She was born and raised in Paignton, Devon and started playing tennis when she was 10 years old.

Sue went on to win 11 WTA Tour singles titles and one Grand Slam after triumphing at the 1976 French Open.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of number three in the world before bowing out of the sport in 1984.

 Sue has been married to husband Lance Tankard since 1988

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Sue has been married to husband Lance Tankard since 1988Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Why is she quitting as BBC’s Wimbledon host?

In 2022 Barker announced she would step down as the BBC’s anchor for their coverage of Wimbledon.

She said: “Basically I just feel the time is right. It has been my dream job and I have loved every minute of it working 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.”

Who is Sue’s husband Lance Tankard?

Sue has been married to her husband Lance Tankard since 1988.

Lance is a landscape gardener and former policeman and the couple met in Portugal where Sue was working as a tennis coach and he was on holiday.

Back home in England, they bumped into each other again at their local tennis club while having dinner as their kitchens were being redone, and the rest is history.

Sue was previously engaged to Australian tennis player Syd Ball but broke it off in 1978.

In 1982 she met singer Cliff Richard and their romance garnered plenty of press attention.

Sir Cliff later admitted he had almost proposed to Sue, but decided not to, and the couple split in 1986.

However, they remain good friends to this day.

 Sue has presented Wimbledon since 1993 and is always on hand to interview the winners

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Sue has presented Wimbledon since 1993 and is always on hand to interview the winnersCredit: Getty Images

How long had Sue presented A Question Of Sport?

Sue was the presenter of A Question Of Sport for 23 years.

She took over from David Coleman in 1997.

Sue also presented the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards from 1994 until 2012, when she stepped down.

She was axed from the show in 2020, and said she was “sad to say goodbye” to her “dream job”.

Why was she axed from A Question of Sport?

BBC have axed A Question of Sport host Sue Barker after bosses planned a huge shakeup for the show in 2021.

The stars are said to have been “blind-sided” by the decision from bosses.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 23 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.

“Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year before the series returns with a new team.”

How long as Sue presented Wimbledon coverage?

Sue has been part of the Wimbledon coverage for the BBC since 1993.

The star’s knowledge of tennis has helped her go on to anchor the two-week event for a number of years now.

She is also present court-side at every final to interview the winners of the male and female tournaments.

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