Sue Barker makes Wimbledon return two years on from BBC exit for emotional Andy Murray tribute

Sue Barker at Wimbledon
-Credit: (Image: BBC)

There was great excitement from fans inside Centre Court and viewers at home on Thursday night, as Sue Barker made a shock return to Wimbledon, two years after leaving her role as the presenter most famously associated with the annual event.

There was great sadness when it was announced that ex Question of Sports host Sue had decided to leave her long standing job as BBC anchor for Wimbledon, after decades in charge; as many fans urged her to reconsider her decision. Sue was replaced in the high profile position by Clare Balding, meaning she was a notably absentee for all of last year's tournament and was expected to be this year too.

However, Wimbledon and BBC bosses had a surprise up their sleeve as, moments after Andy and Jamie Murray lost their doubles match on Centre, Sue strode out onto the grass to a rapturous round of applause as others shouted 'Suuuuue' which some people watching at home confused for boos.

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Sue was there to honour 10 time grand slam winner and ex Olympic champion Andy, days on from him withdrawing from the singles competition after niggling injury issues. And, Sue's entrance onto Centre Court was the start of an emotional tribute to Andy, as countless tennis stars appeared on screen to pay their own tributes, as a video montage of some of the Brit's finest moments played on screen, prompting tears from Andy himself and many watching at home.

Taking to X, one delighted fan wrote: "was not emotionally prepared for the Andy Murray tribute. Sitting here sobbing my eyes out. Love that Sue Barker came out of retirement for this!" with a second reacting: "I feel emotional just seeing the wonderful Sue Barker back"