Wimbledon 2013

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Wimbledon 2013 on BBC Radio: Biographies

Alastair Eykyn

Alastair has been part of the 5 live Wimbledon team for the last 10 years.

Alastair launched his broadcast career with Independent Radio News in 1997 and between then and 2002 he covered international rugby and cricket. He joined the BBC in 2002 and was part of the BBC Radio 5 live team at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games. Alastair has covered the last four Rugby World Cups for the BBC.

Alison Mitchell

Alison is Britain’s leading female cricket broadcaster and has toured to every Test playing nation to cover the England team, primarily for BBC Radio 5 live and Test Match Special.

As well as cricket, Alison has commentated on and presented live from tennis, hockey and artistic gymnastics. She was the gymnastics commentator for BBC Radio 5 live at the London 2012 Olympic Games, helping the station to win a Sony Gold Award for its coverage.

She was also part of Channel 4′s Bafta Award-winning coverage of the Paralympics.

Barbara Schett

Former Austrian player Barbara spent a long period in the top echelons of the professional circuit before injury cut short her career. Barbara reached a career high ranking of World No. 7 in 1999 and defeated Venus Williams in the second round of the French Open in 2001. She found success in the Women’s doubles competing with both Anna Kournikova and Anke Huber.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

One of the brightest talents in the US game, Bethanie won her first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open mixed doubles, on a tie break with the Romanian Horia Tecau earlier in January. In May, she also won the Brussels Open women’s doubles trophy with Sania Mirza. A veteran of the Tour since 1999, Bethanie recently beat French Open Champion,, Li Na, at Roland Garros.

David Law

David is an experienced journalist, having worked across the tennis tour for many years and has broadcast and written about the game from all over the world.

David Felgate

Tim Henman’s former coach is a respected and experienced voice in tennis having been involved in the sport at a senior level for 30 years.

David enjoyed a short professional career before starting coaching in tennis in both the UK and US. David was coach to Tim Henman from when Henman won the under-18 British title in 1992, until April 2001, helping Henman to seven ATP titles, the 1998-99 Wimbledon semi-finals and World No. 5 status. He has since held senior roles in tennis administration including Performance Director for the LTA between 2003 and 2006.

Dot Davies

Dot is a sports reporter on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and the pitch-side reporter for BBC Cymru Wales’ rugby programme for S4C, Y Clwb Rygbi.

Ed Smith

Ed is a former professional cricketer, and cricket commentator. Having retired from professional cricket in 2008, Smith became a writer and journalist, and is currently a summariser on the BBC Radio 5 live’s Test Match Special.

Eleanor Oldroyd

Eleanor has worked for BBC Sport since 1991 and is a regular presenter of sport and news programmes across BBC Radio 5 live including 5 live Sport and the Saturday breakfast programme.

In addition to Wimbledon, Eleanor has covered six summer and two winter Olympic Games, commentating for radio and TV and was the first woman to present the iconic BBC Radio Sports Report programme in its 60-year history.  

Frew McMillan

Frew is a tennis commentator and former professional tennis player. A previous Wimbledon Champion, he won three double championships with Bob Hewitt (a partnership started in 1967).

Frew garnered 74 doubles titles in all. He was ranked third behind Tom Okker and McEnroe according to the all-time list of world tennis players. On top of his doubles titles, he won two professional singles titles. He also earned five mixed titles in major championship games and two US titles as well.

Goran Ivanisevic

Goran is a former professional tennis player and the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously been runner-up at the championships. Goran reached the Wimbledon final for the second time in 1994, where he was defeated by defending-champion Pete Sampras. Goran reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July that year.

Helen Skelton

Helen is a Blue Peter and former CBBC Newsround presenter who joined BBC Radio 5 live’s Wimbledon team in 2010. She is an avid supporter of Comic Relief and in 2008 became the second woman to finish the 78-mile Namibian Ultra Marathon. In 2010, Skelton kayaked 2,010 miles down the Amazon River for Sport Relief achieving two Guinness world records: the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman. She has also holds the record for the highest wire walk by a female in the UK.

Iain Carter

Iain is BBC Radio's golf correspondent and commentates on major tennis and rugby tournaments throughout the year.

Iain has covered many of the top sporting events from all over the world including the 1995, 2003 and 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. He is a specialist in tennis, having covered the Olympics in 2012, 2000 and 1996 and numerous Grand Slams in his previous role as BBC Radio 5 live’s tennis correspondent. This is Iain’s 17th Wimbledon.

Iain joined the BBC in 1988 as a sports producer at BBC Radio Leicester. He had previously worked as an agency news reporter and news reporter for Radio Trent. He joined Radio 5 live in 1995 and has worked widely across the station.

Jana Novotna

Jana won the Women's singles title at Wimbledon in 1998. A respected and experienced broadcaster across tennis, Jana is from the Czech Republic and, in her 14-year career, has won 100 titles – 24 singles and 76 doubles – including 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Jana retired from the professional tour in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jeff Tarango

Jeff is a former US professional tennis player who won 16 singles and doubles titles during his career. He gained notoriety at Wimbledon in 1995 for defaulting a match by leaving the court after a dispute over a serve ruling.

Jeff retired from the professional tour in 2002 and now devotes his time to coaching and broadcasting, joining BBC Radio 5 live in 2007.

Jeremy Bates

Jeremy Bates is a former professional tennis player who partnered with Jo Durie to win the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1987 (the first British doubles team to win the title for 51 years) and the Australian Open in 1991 (the first time a British doubles team has ever won the title). He was also a Men's Doubles runner-up at the Australian Open in 1988 (partnering Sweden's Peter Lundgren).

As a singles player, he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon twice – in 1992 and 1994 – losing on both occasions to France's Guy Forget. He was the first ever opponent of Andre Agassi in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the first round of the US Open in 1986, winning in four sets.

John Inverdale

John is one of Britain’s leading sports presenters, having worked on just about every major event from Olympic Games, football and rugby world cups, to Wimbledon, the Ryder Cup, Grand Nationals, World Athletics Championships, and Champions League and FA Cup finals.

He began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4’s Today programme. In 1988, he became presenter of Sport On 2 which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 live when he moved to a daily news programme. John continues to present for Radio 5 live on all top sporting events.

In 1997, John was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards, and in 1998 Radio Personality of the Year by the Variety Club. He has also been a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

Jonathan Overend

Jonathan is BBC Radio 5 Live's tennis correspondent. He joined BBC Essex in 1989, while still studying for his A-levels, later becoming sports producer and then presenter of the Drivetime show.

In 1997 he joined BBC Radio Sport to work on Radio 5 live as a reporter and presenter and took over as the main tennis reporter in 2003 and correspondent a year later.

Jonathan has commentated on Roger Federer's Grand Slam titles and has also closely followed Andy Murray's career out of the junior ranks and into the world top three.

Katie O’Brien

Katie is a former professional tennis player and former British No. 1 tennis player. She reached her career-high singles ranking of World No.84 on 1 February 2010 and won four ITF singles titles and two ITF doubles titles.

In 2007 she reached the second round of her home Grand Slam, Wimbledon, by beating Sandra Klösel in round one. She lost to the No. 31 seed, Michaëlla Krajicek, in the second round. In 2010 she replicated this achievement by beating Patricia Mayr to reach the second round of the Australian Open where she fell to 8th seeded Jelena Janković.

Lisa Raymond

Lisa is a professional tennis player who has achieved notable success in doubles tennis. Raymond has 11 Grand Slam titles to her name: six in women's doubles and five in mixed doubles. On June 12, 2000, she reached the World No 1. ranking in doubles and her career high singles ranking was World No. 125 in 1997.

Mark Woodforde

Seven-time Wimbledon doubles champion Mark has a breadth of knowledge across the top level game and formed an incredibly successful doubles partnership with Todd Woodbridge that garnered them seven Wimbledon doubles titles alongside wins in the French and Australian Opens.

Mark also found success in mixed doubles and won the US Open doubles with John McEnroe. He represented Australia in the Davis Cup and with Woodbridge represented his country at the Olympics in 1996 winning Gold and in 2000 winning Silver. After retirement in 2000 Mark coached Australia's Federations Cup team in 2003 and undertook a media and coaching career.

Nick Bollettieri

Over a long career Nick has developed the careers of some of the brightest talents in the game and his record of coaching and mentoring includes such greats as Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters to name just a few.

Nick formed his own tennis academy in Florida in the late 1970s and is credited with revolutionising coaching methods in the modern game.

Nick Lester

A former tennis professional, Nick is now a tennis commentator for a range of sporting channels all over the world. For the Wimbledon 2012 Championships he was ball-by-ball radio commentator for BBC Radio 5 live and was lead commentator for the Australian and US Open for ESPN.

Philip Studd

Philip has covered seven Wimbledon championships in all, his first being back in 2000, the year after he joined the BBC. He has also commentated at two US Opens, the Cincinnati and Montreal Masters series events and several Queens Club tournaments.

Richard Krajicek

Richard made history in 1996 becoming the first Dutchman to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title beating Malivai Washington in straight sets. En route to the final that year Richard shocked the tennis world by despatching Pete Sampras who was beaten only once at Wimbledon in a period of dominance between 1993 and 2001.

Turning professional in 1989 Richard enjoyed a successful career playing at the very top level including reaching the semi-finals of the Australian and French Open tournaments and another semi at Wimbledon as well as representing his country in the Davis Cup.

Richard retired from the ATP circuit in 2003. Following retirement he has maintained a number of charitable interests including founding the Richard Krajicek Foundation which promotes sport to underprivileged children in Holland.

In 2004, he also became the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. In 2011 he was a candidate for the role of Chief Executive of the ATP which runs the international tennis tour.

Russell Fuller

Russell Fuller is a presenter, commentator and reporter with BBC Radio, and has covered 4 Olympic Games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and several Grand Slam tennis championships.

For 10 years, he presented the BBC World Service's Saturday afternoon programme Sportsworld, and is also a regular voice on BBC Radio 5 live Sport. He is currently working as part of the tennis and cricket commentary teams, and spent January in India following the fortunes of England's one day cricket tour.

Shelagh Fogarty

Shelagh Fogarty presents her own show on BBC Radio 5 live, Mondays to Fridays, from 12-2pm.

A regular voice on BBC Radio 5 live for over a decade Shelagh joined the station in 1999 after working on various local BBC Radio stations and at Radio 4.

Shelagh has presented many programmes on Radio 5 live including Drive, and won a SONY Gold in 2004 in the news and current affairs category for 5 live breakfast’s reporting of the Asian Tsunami.

She co-presented 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell in a seven-year partnership that won SONY gold awards in 2007 for the news and current affairs programme, twice in 2009 including one for 5 live Olympic breakfast from Beijing and again for the breakfast show in 2011.

She has also presented for 5 live on Weekend Breakfast, Late Night Live and the Sunday Service. Outside of her radio commitments Shelagh has co-hosted the Daily Politics with Andrew Neil on BBC Television.

Vassos Alexander

Vassos has been a BBC sports presenter since 2004, most recently appearing on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast programme and BBC Radio 5 live.

He's covered everything from the World Cup to Wimbledon, The Open to The Ashes, The Olympic Games to The World Darts.