Clare Balding will host the BBC’s television coverage of Wimbledon this summer as she takes over from Sue Barker.

It follows the previous host’s decision to step down from her role at the end of last year’s tournament after 30 years of broadcasting for the BBC.

Clare has worked on Wimbledon as a reporter, commentator and presenter for BBC radio and television since 1995.

The award-winning presenter has also worked on other major sporting events for the BBC including seven Olympic Games.


Reacting to the news, the broadcaster said: “It’s a huge honour to be given this responsibility but I am very aware that no one person can fill Sue’s shoes.  

“This will always be a team effort and we’re lucky that the BBC line-up includes former professionals with huge insight as well as wonderful reporters and commentators.

“It’s my job to bring out the best in them and to help make our viewers feel they have a front row seat on the greatest sporting stage.”

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, added: “We are thrilled to announce Clare as our new lead presenter for Wimbledon.

“We know she will combine her passion and knowledge for the prestigious event with the trademark energy and professionalism she brings to both those working alongside her and watching at home, and we look forward to her taking up the new role this summer.”

Further announcements about the BBC team at Wimbledon will be made in due course.

This year’s tournament will begin on Monday, July 3, with the final day of play taking place on Sunday, July 16.