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  • A personal history
  • By: Sue Barker
  • Narrated by: Sue Barker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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Sue Barker first walked through those famous SW19 gates aged 13 in 1969, to play in the National Schools event. She knelt down and picked some blades of grass, wrapped them up in a tissue and took them home. Her own bit of Wimbledon.

What Sue didn't know then, was that every year for the next half century, she would be back in some capacity. As a junior, aged 15, as a semi-finalist and Grand-Slam winner ranked No 3 in the world, and as a broadcaster leading the BBC coverage for thirty years.

And now she returns as a storyteller. Wimbledon has a magic that draws people in, players and fans. It respects tradition, but embraces the future and stays relevant. Sue goes in search of what sets this place apart. She talks to the greats of tennis, her former mentors, contemporaries on the circuit, friends and colleagues, and they tell their stories of their own triumphs and disasters, reveal how Wimbledon changed their lives, and what it has meant to them.

Sue's personal history of Wimbledon is as tightly packed with stories as the courts are with blades of grass. From the most memorable matches to the fashions and trends, the famous rivalries, the upsets and the 'You Cannot Be Serious' unforgettable moments, this is a Centre Court seat on all the riveting drama that has defined British sporting summers for all of our lifetimes.

©2024 Sue Barker (P)2024 Penguin Audio

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'The thing about our Sue is that she just is Wimbledon.' (John McEnroe)

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Enjoyable listen

Sue Barker has unique, captivating stories to tell and I greatly enjoyed listening to each one.

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Great Book For Wimbledon Enthusiasts!

Fascinating insight into Wimbledon and it's most successful players. Beautifully read by Sue Barker. Highly recommended!

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