SJA member Barrett in New Year’s honours

SJA member John Barrett, who in July commentated on his last Wimbledon singles final after 35 years working at the event, has been honoured by being named MBE.

Barrett is among a host of sports figures included in the New Year’s honours, who include Zara Phillips, the Queen’s grand daughter and the SJA’s Sportswoman of the Year, who is made MBE for her three-day event world championship.

Former BBC sports news reporter and, more recently, leading FA official David Davies receives the OBE.

Barrett had been the voice of tennis since replacing Dan Maskell as the BBC’s lead Wimbledon commentator in 1992, and had worked at the championships for 35 years until he announced his retirement from working at the event in the summer.

A former tennis professional and Davis Cup player, Barrett played in every Wimbledon championship between 1950 and 1970. At 75, Barrett is due to work at the Australian Open when it gets under way in Melbourne next month.