Wimbledon's Annabel Croft forces BBC 'promotion' demand as viewers call for host shake-up

BBC's Annabel Croft at Wimbledon
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Annabel Croft has sparked a demand from some Wimbledon fans for her to get a 'promotion' and be the main presenter of the BBC's coverage of the famous tournament, having first been identified as the 'ideal replacement' for Sue Barker two years ago.

There was widespread shock and upset, when after anchoring broadcasts from SW19 for decades, popular host Sue announced she was stepping down from the high profile and, after much speculation, it was revealed that her BBC colleague Clare Balding would be the one to pick up the baton.

Clare, who has fronted major sporting events like the Grand National in the Olympics over the years, made her debut as Sue's successor last year, with viewers quick to give their opinions, with some arguing that she wasn't on screen enough, as others questioned whether she was the right person for the job. Former British tennis pro Annabel saw her name came up then as someone who could be more suited to the role and, after she stole the hearts of the nation on Strictly last year. Annabel has been back working for the BBC at Wimbledon 2024.

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She was courtside as Emma Raducanu, the last Brit still in the singles draw, was sent packing in her latest match on Sunday, before then walking onto the grass to interview her victorious opponent Lulu Sun. And it was when watching her chat with qualifier Sun that some fans took to X to one again put Annabel in the frame for a promotion.

One wrote: "What a wonderful on court interviewer @Annabel_Croft is.. in depth knowledge and endless empathy, puts athletes completely at ease with her insightful questions. Surely a worthy successor for Sue Barker?" Another admirer responded: "I love Annabel Croft so much. She is brilliant" and a third posted: "It is great to see Annabel Croft properly back at Wimbledon after her terrible personal loss last year. She is clearly the successor to Sue Barker. I like Clare Balding but tennis is not her sport. BBC, give Annabel the main hosting gig"