Roger Federer and Andy Murray headlined the tribute as the final Wimbledon to Sue Barker ended with an emotional send-off in front of cheering tennis fans.
The 66-year-old has retired after 30 years directing live sports for the BBC.
While discussing Novak Djokovic’s victory over Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s men’s singles final, former UK number one Tim Henman interrupted Barker to show her a montage looking back at her career with tributes to current and former players.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer said, “You made me cry,” while Murray said, “Everyone who loves tennis will miss you.”
By the end, Barker was wiping her tears with a napkin and Henman hugged her as Billie Jean King proclaimed her the greatest host ever.
“She is a perfect example – if you want to be an amazing presenter, if you want to achieve something on television – she is a GOAT. [greatest of all time]”, – said the American, 12-time Grand Slam champion in singles.
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, who had previously given Barker a “last hug” on Center Court ahead of the men’s final, told Barker that she was “the Roger Federer of the broadcasting world”.
Crowds gathered outside the rooftop studio where Barker was watching the video, and they broke out into chants of “Sue! Sue! Sue! Sue!” and sang “we love you, Sue, we love!”
Barker has presented a number of major events on the BBC including Wimbledon and Queens tennis, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships in Athletics, the London Marathon, the Grand National, the Royal Ascot and Sportsman of the Year.
Former third racket of the world in tennis. who won the 1976 French Open title, Barker also reached the 1977 Wimbledon semi-finals before embarking on a career as a broadcaster that included such milestones as Murray becoming the first British Wimbledon men’s champion in 77 years in 2013.
“It was an absolute privilege – I really enjoyed it, 30 amazing years, thank you,” she said.
“I will miss my job, I wish I had the next 30 years because I love it, but most of all I will miss the people I work with in front of the camera, behind the camera. You just were absolutely amazing.
“I am so proud to be on the program. Thanks”.