Wimbledon 2021: BBC responds as commentators hit with complaints

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon

Wimbledon fans complained to the BBC about the tennis commentary (Picture: Getty)

The BBC has responded after Wimbledon commentators were hit with complaints.

The annual tournament came to an end yesterday, with Novak Djokovic beating Matteo Berrettini on Centre Court to land his sixth title.

However, some viewers were turned off by the commentary, and rushed to air their grievances with the broadcaster.

In a fresh statement on the BBC website, a spokesperson addressed the complaints they had received so far – but have not shed light on what the messages were regarding, or how many they had attracted.

‘We’ve received some complaints about our Wimbledon 2021 commentary, punditry, and presenting team,’ it began.

‘We are proud of the range of talent and experience that our Wimbledon team are bringing to our audience.

Tom Cruise Wimbledon

Tom Cruise popped up in the crowd for the Wimbledon final (Picture: PA)

‘Sue Barker, who has been part of our Wimbledon team since 1993, is joined by grand slam winners John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin and Tim Henman.

‘Today at Wimbledon is led by Clare Balding, and our commentary and insight team is made up of experts and former players, including Andrew Castle, Sam Smith, John Lloyd, and Chanda Rubin, among others.’

The statement ended with: ‘We appreciate that not everyone will enjoy all of our commentators or presenters due to the wide range of tastes held by our audience.’

Yesterday’s final saw Novak Djokovic pick up his 20th major title, which matched the hauls of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Speaking of equalling their record in his on-court interview, the tennis pro joked: ‘It means none of us three will stop. That’s what I think it means.

‘I’ve mentioned this before many times. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and the two most important players I faced in my career.

‘They’re the reason that I am where I am today. They’ve helped me realise what I need to do to improve, to get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.

‘When I broke into the top-10 for the first time, I lost for three or four years most of the big matches I played against these two guys.

‘Something shifted end of 2010, 2011. Last 10 years has been an incredible journey that is not stopping here.’

We can’t wait to see what he pulls out of the bag next.

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