BBC presenter Sue Barker is to retire from Wimbledon coverage after a 2022 tennis tournament.

Ms Barker is well known for presenting a wide range of BBC sporting events from the Olympic Games and Royal Ascot to the London Marathon and Sports Personality of the Year.

In a statement released by the BBC Press Office, the Sports broadcaster said: "What a wonderful time I’ve had working on some of the biggest sporting events around the world. I will miss it terribly but after 30 years I feel the time is right for me. I’ve worked with the best of the best."

The BBC has described Barker as the "original trailblazer", being the first woman to lead presentation for a crown jewel event on the BBC.

Sue Barker to retire after 2022 Wimbledon tournament

Throughout her 30-year career, "Sue paved the way for a raft of talented women to build their own careers on screen, as presenters, commentators and pundits," the broadcaster added.

Tim Davie, Director-General BBC says: “Sue Barker has been the face and voice of Wimbledon for three decades. Many of our viewers will not know of a summer in SW19 without her. She is a consummate professional, an outstanding presenter and a wonderful colleague, loved by current and former players, all of us at the BBC and audiences across the UK and beyond.

“Her contribution to tennis, the BBC, sports presenting and for blazing a trail for women in broadcasting cannot be overstated. We are looking forward to her leading our coverage, with all the style, warmth and knowledge she has displayed for the last 30 years, and we will say farewell with heavy hearts at the end of the tournament.”

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport says: "Sue is a national treasure and we'd have loved for her to continue in her role for many years to come. We do of course respect her decision and understand why, after 30 years of leading Wimbledon presentation, she's ready to make this year her last. We thank Sue for the remarkable contribution she has made to sports broadcasting during what has been a truly extraordinary and illustrious career.

"A consummate professional who audiences will remember for her skill, authority and warmth on screen, Sue will be equally remembered with fondness and affection by colleagues who had the privilege to work alongside her, experiencing the same professionalism and warmth behind the scenes."