John Barrett

April 17, 1931
Place of Birth:
Mill Hill, London
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Examining John Barrett’s sterling career as a central figure in British tennis, his towering achievements across a variety of aspects of the sport spring swiftly to mind. Barrett has been a leader in many areas of tennis, from broadcaster to tournament director, equipment representative to player. He is one of the sport’s premier historians and authors. For nearly 40 years, Barrett worked for Slazenger, ultimately holding the position of International Promotions Director for Tennis. He has produced some of the sport’s most comprehensive and interesting written works, including World of Tennis and Wimbledon - The Official History of the Championships. An accomplished broadcaster, he was the unmistakable “Voice of Wimbledon” on BBC from 1971-2006.

Career Achievements

  • British Davis Cup Captain 1959 - 1962


  • Began the LTA Training Squad known as the "Barrett Boys" 1965 - 1968
  • Tennis Correspondent for the Financial Times 1963 - 2007
  • Editor of World of Tennis 1969 - 2001
  • Author of Wimbledon: The Official History (Editions I, II, & III)
  • Announcer for BBC at Wimbledon 1971 - 2006
  • Founder of BP International Tennis Fellowship and BP Cup
  • Founder of Pepsi Junior International Series - 1976