Iconic Wimbledon presenter Sue Barker has revealed that Wimbledon officials were unimpressed after she decided to go slightly off script following Andy Murray’s 2013 triumph at The Championships. In the 2013 Wimbledon final, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his first Wimbledon title.
Furthermore, Murray’s victory ended Great Britain’s 77-year drought of not having a Wimbledon men’s champion, as Murray became the first Briton to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The atmosphere was absolutely electric after Murray’s win and Barker wanted to draw the crowd. even more lively.
Barker on going off script after Murray defeated Djokovic
«I’ll never forget it. I got into tremendous trouble with Wimbledon. Because Wimbledon asked me, in the early 2000s, to do on-court interviews and read aloud, you know? And I have a little script where I have to say the winner of the gentlemen’s singles trophy, whatever the year, is so and so.
And all of a sudden, I looked at Andy and he was crying, and I thought, and I could hear at Murray Mount, the crowd was going crazy. There was such a stir on Center Court. I said, I can’t just read this. So I said, ‘We’ve waited 77 years for this!’ I just felt like I needed something, and the crowd went crazy.
Andy was in the floods again. No, that was the highlight for all of us. He was awesome. The pressure he was under, I don’t know how he did it,» Barker told Lorraine Kelly. After this year’s Wimbledon, Barker, 66, retired as presenter of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage.
«I will miss him terribly. I wish I was 30 years younger and started. I loved the job and didn’t want to give it up, but I felt the time was right and I could walk away with my head.» high, which I was able to do,» Barker said.