Sue Barker

Sue Barker - Retired Tennis Player - Sporting Personality - After Dinner Speaker

Sue Barker has had a long and distinguished career in tennis, at one time being ranked number 3 in the World.   During her time as the British Number One, she chalked up wins against players including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade.

Sue’s bubbly personality and professionalism have always endeared her to the British Public and these days she is now one of the main sports presenters at the BBC.


Over the last ten years she has established herself as a key figure on the BBC Sports team, fronting such television coverage as The Olympics, Grandstand and of course, Wimbledon. Sue has also hosted BBC Sports coverage of the Australian Open, the French Open, Queens Club Championships and Eastbourne.  She is also the presenter of the ever-popular sports quiz – A Question of Sport.

Other sporting events she has hosted have included the Grand National (1996-2006), The Derby (2001-2007), Racing at Ascot and Longchamp (1995-1999), Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, rugby league Challenge Cup, The Great North Run, World Athletics Championships and  European Athletics Championships (both since 1999), Commonwealth Games (since 1994), Winter Olympics (since 1994), and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2008 the BBC extended her contract to cover the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sue is President of the Kids on Court Campaign, an initiative launched by the Sir Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation.

Additional info

Susan Barker, OBE (born 19 April 1956 in Paignton, Devon) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won eleven WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 and is now one of the main sports presenters at the BBC.  She is available to hire as a Sporting Personality, Motivational Speaker, Female Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Awards Host, Presenter and After Dinner Speaker.