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Sue Barker calls game, set and match after 30 years of Wimbledon

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Sue Barker has introduced her retirement because the face of the BBC‘s Wimbledon protection after 30 years. 

The presenter, 66, was supplied a three-year extension to remain on, however after a number of months’ thought she determined it was time to hold up the microphone. 

Chatting with Mail+ tennis correspondent Matt Dickson, Barker described the function as ‘my dream job’ and mentioned she had ‘liked each minute of it’.

However she felt now was the correct time to depart ‘by myself phrases whereas I’m nonetheless on prime of the job’. 

Barker additionally revealed that the passing of her mom earlier this 12 months was a think about making the selection. 

Learn the complete story on the Mail+ by clicking HERE. 

Sue Barker with Novak Djokovic after he won the Men's Singles Final in 2018

Barker in 1999

Sue Barker with Novak Djokovic after he gained the Males’s Singles Closing in 2018 (left) and in 1999 (proper) 

Wimbledon publicizes RECORD prize cash for subsequent month’s slam on the All England Membership with a prize pot of £40.3MILLION to maintain gamers indignant over no rating factors joyful (and even first spherical losers pocket £50,000!)

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Wimbledon this 12 months could also be disadvantaged of rating factors, however the gamers might be taking dwelling more cash than ever earlier than.

The All England Membership introduced on Thursday that first spherical singles losers will earn £50,000 and the champions £2million every as a part of a document general prize pot of £40.35m.

That represents an 11.1 per cent improve on final 12 months, which was nonetheless affected by the pandemic. 

It’s a 5.4 per cent improve on 2019, the final 12 months that The Championships was held earlier than full capability crowds.

There has actually not been any discount to consider that this 12 months’s match has been stripped of rating standing. That was the sanction positioned by the ATP and WTA Excursions for Wimbledon banning gamers from Russia and Belarus.

The dimensions of the purse will be sure that different no-shows might be small to non-existent, regardless of this 12 months’s version not counting in the direction of their rankings, except there’s an surprising U-turn from the excursions.

Winners of the men's and women's singles at Wimbledon will pocket £2million, with the overall prize pot increasing to a record £40.3m this year (Pictured: Novak Djokovic winning in 2021)

Winners of the boys’s and ladies’s singles at Wimbledon will pocket £2million, with the general prize pot growing to a document £40.3m this 12 months (Pictured: Novak Djokovic successful in 2021)

The largest rise will go to these taking part in within the qualifying occasion, a whopping 26 per cent up on final 12 months, which can persuade the rank-and-file to journey to London and check out their luck.

Even essentially the most humble qualifier who loses within the first spherical of the preliminaries will get £11,000.

There may be additionally a considerable improve in pay for these taking part in within the blended doubles, who will take dwelling an general 17.6 per cent improve. 

The wheelchair match is one other having fun with a considerable enhance.

Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Membership, commented: ‘From the primary spherical of the Qualifying Competitors to the Champions being topped, this 12 months’s prize cash distribution goals to replicate simply how essential the gamers are to The Championships as we glance to proceed to ship one of many world’s main sporting occasions, and with a very particular match forward of us as we rejoice 100 years of Centre Courtroom on Church Highway.’

Wimbledon will not provide players with ranking points as it stands, due to the All England Club's ban on Russian and Belarusian players competing at this year's championships

Wimbledon is not going to present gamers with rating factors because it stands, as a result of All England Membership’s ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers competing at this 12 months’s championships

Naomi Osaka proved to be one of the vocal huge names to speak up the potential of skipping the grass-court slam, however it’s unlikely many make comparable remarks in gentle of the prize cash improve. 

‘The choice (on rating factors) is affecting my mentality going into grass,’ Osaka mentioned. ‘I am not 100 per cent positive if I’ll go. 

‘I might like to go simply to get some expertise on the grass courtroom, however on the identical time, it is like – I do not wish to say pointless, no pun supposed – however I am the kind of participant that will get motivated by seeing my rating go up.

‘I really feel like if I play Wimbledon with out factors, it is extra like an exhibition. I do know this is not true, however my mind simply feels that method. Once I suppose one thing is like an exhibition, I simply cannot go at it 100 per cent.’

Regardless of her discuss following her exit on the French Open, the previous world No 1 has been included on the entry listing. 

Naomi Osaka admitted last month that she has been 'leaning towards' skipping Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka admitted final month that she has been ‘leaning in the direction of’ skipping Wimbledon





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