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BBC presents Wimbledon feast as Clare Balding takes on lead presenter role


From Monday 3 July until Sunday 16 July, audiences can enjoy daily coverage of Wimbledon across BBC TV, radio and online.

As Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina prepare to defend their singles titles at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport said: “There is something magical about Wimbledon. With its glorious traditions and unique history, it has a special place in the hearts of all sports fans. We love bringing the championships to audiences across the UK every year and our comprehensive cross platform coverage allows fans to keep up to date with all the thrilling action and ensures this event is there to be enjoyed by the widest possible audience.”

Clare Balding takes on lead presenting duties at Wimbledon in 2023. Clare will host live TV coverage right across the championships, taking tennis fans through the action daily.

Isa Guha welcomes viewers each morning at 11am, and 10:30am on opening day, live from SW19. Clare will take over later in the afternoon, joined by some of the most celebrated names in the sport. Former Wimbledon champions, including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash will all join Clare in the studio, as well as Tim Henman, Tracy Austin, Annabel Croft, Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong and Sania Mirza. John Lloyd, Louise Pleming, Colin Fleming, Jo Durie, Peter Fleming, Liz Smylie, Dominic Inglot, Nick Monroe, Arvind Parmar, Todd Woodbridge and Leon Smith will also provide expert analysis throughout The Championships.

Audiences can enjoy gripping live tennis until 9pm for the first week of the tournament on BBC One and iPlayer, accommodating matches scheduled later into the evening.

The commentary team is made up of Andrew Castle, Andrew Cotter, Sam Smith, Chris Bradnam, Kat Downes, Nick Mullins, Matt Chilton, Simon Reed and John Inverdale. Along with Ronald McIntosh, Alison Mitchell, James Burridge, Abigail Johnson, Andy Stevenson, Paul Hand, Nick Lester, Pete Odgers and David Law. Andy Stevenson combines his commentary duties with presenting the Wheelchair Final programmes on the final weekend of the championships.

Today at Wimbledon follows the day’s play from 9pm on BBC Two and iPlayer. Qasa Alom will take viewers through the best of the day’s action on the courts, alongside a host of special guests.

TV news teams will also report on the daily matches. BBC Breakfast’s John Watson and Carol Kirkwood present live coverage from SW19, while Nesta McGregor and Andy Swiss report the latest news every day at One, Six and Ten on BBC One, and Radio 4 at 6pm. Chetan Pathak will present live sports news for the UK and internationally on BBC News, as well as bringing UK audiences up to date with Sportsday every day.

Over on the Radio 5 Live and at BBC Sounds, live coverage of Wimbledon will be brought to listeners every day by Gigi Salmon and Clare McDonnell, with Steve Crossman taking over in the evenings. Former Wimbledon champions Pat Cash and Marion Bartoli provide expert analysis throughout the tournament, alongside Kim Clijsters, Greg Rusedski, Annabel Croft, Naomi Broady, Leon Smith, Mark Woodforde, Jeff Tarango, Coco Vandeweghe and Sania Mirza. Radio commentary comes from Russell Fuller, Gigi Salmon, David Law, Naomi Cavaday, Jonathan Overend, Iain Carter, Alison Mitchell, Abigail Johnson, Sara Orchard, Katie Smith and Maz Farookhi.

And on Thursday nights, 5 Live’s iconic 6-Love-6 returns, with John McEnroe and Tim Henman taking listeners calls.

Online and on the BBC Sport app, meanwhile, the BBC Sport website and app is the go-to destination for Wimbledon content at any time of day, with clips, live text commentaries and exclusive player columns, as well as reports and live scores.

A live Wimbledon Extra channel will be available on iPlayer, website, app and red button. Plus, every match will be available to watch on iPlayer, ensuring whatever game fans are interested in, they can follow the action live across the BBC.

For those not wanting to miss the standout moments from across the tournament, BBC Sport’s social media channels will share instant reaction to the biggest events on and off the court.

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