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Andrew Castle
Andrew Castle 2009-04-23.jpg
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
Date of birth 15 November 1963 (1963-11-15) (age 46)
Place of birth Epsom, Surrey, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 79 kg (12 st 6 lb)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1992
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money $344,338
Singles
Career record 22–57 (27.85%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 80
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 1st Round (1987, '88, '91)
French Open N/A
Wimbledon 2nd Round ('86, '87)
US Open 3rd Round (1987)
Doubles
Career record 63–70
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 45

Andrew Nicholas Castle (born 15 November 1963 in Epsom, Surrey) is an English retired tennis professional, and now television presenter.

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Biography

His mother Lavinia Pollock (born Kathleen Mary, great-grandchild of Annie Besant), was adopted shortly after her birth. She married fishmonger Frank Castle in April 1953. The couple had five children: James, Richard, David, Fiona and Andrew, who was born in 1963.[1]

Castle's father was a master fishmonger who ran the fishmongers in Westerham, Kent where his customers included the lady of nearby Chartwell House, Winston Churchill's wife Clementine. He went on to own shops in North Cheam, Norbury, Stoneleigh and Taunton Somerset)

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Tennis career

At the age of nine, Andrew was asked by a friend to come and play tennis: "I can remember every detail about the day, from the feel of the ball to how it sounded when coming off the net. I insisted we played for eight hours non-stop." His parents supported him, but ran out of money and his father was declared bankrupt, so both of them became taxi drivers. After winning the UK under-12 national tennis championships, Castle was given a full tennis scholarship to Millfield School. When Castle was 15, his parents separated and he had to leave Millfield, taking his A-levels at a local grammar school.[1]

Castle became a professional tennis player in 1986 after completing a Marketing degree whilst on an athletic scholarship in the United States. During his playing career he was regularly ranked number one in Great Britain. He won three tour doubles titles and was a mixed doubles finalist at the 1987 Australian Open. 1987 also saw his best career singles performance at a Grand Slam event when he reached the third round of the US Open, losing to Boris Becker in four sets. He represented Britain at the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988 and the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992. Castle was a regular member of the British Davis Cup team and the European Cup team. His career-high rankings were world number 80 in singles and number 45 in doubles.

Castle represents Surrey at squash and continues to play representative tennis around the world.

TV career

After retiring from professional tennis in 1992, Castle served as a commentator and presenter for BSkyB. He presented basketball, motor racing and golf for Sky.

He joined GMTV in September 2000 as a presenter. He is also a key member of the Bafta nominated BBC tennis team, covering Wimbledon, the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, the French Open, Australian Open and the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. Castle has been lead commentator on all men's singles finals since 2003 working alongside John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Tim Henman and John Lloyd.

In 2005 he presented ITV's daytime quiz show Perseverance.

He is still with GMTV where he presents alongside Emma Crosby every Thursday and Friday, plus alternate Wednesdays. He also presents a TV game show called Divided.

He also appeared on Beat the Star on 24 May 2009.

Strictly Come Dancing

Castle competed in the sixth series of the celebrity dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing. His partner was Ola Jordan. Castle's appearance marked the third time a main GMTV presenter has participated in the show. After Week 4, he was 11th out of the remaining 12 contestants with an average 22.5/40. Andrew was voted out after round 7 of the competition on Sunday November 2. He scored 21 points for his samba which placed him second from bottom on the judges' leader board. He appeared in the dance-off with Heather Small who was saved by all four of the judges.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / Mercy 4 6 7 6 23 Safe
3 Tango / 20th Century Boy 4 6 7 5 22 Safe
5 American Smooth / You Know I'm No Good 3 4 5 5 17 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / Annie's Song 5 6 7 6 24 Bottom Two
7 Samba / Ain't it Funny 4 5 7 5 21 Eliminated


Personal life

On May 18, 1991 Castle married former Japan Airlines air hostess Sophia, whom he had met in Tokyo whilst competing in The Japan Open tennis tournament..[1] The couple have two children, Georgina (16) and Claudia (14). Georgina sang for the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity at the Inter Continental Hotel in May 2008 and gained considerable attention from press and record companies. Both children are sports scholars at their schools. On August 11th 2009, Castle challenged Health Secretary Andy Burnham during an interview on GMTV, after news reports had cast doubts on the effectiveness of Tamiflu against the swine flu virus. He said: “I can tell you that my child — who was not diagnosed at all — she had asthma, she took Tamiflu and almost died.”

Castle is a supporter and Patron of CHASE hospice care for children, which supports families at Christopher's Hospice in Surrey and in their own homes and communities in South West London, Surrey and Sussex, England. In April 2006, he attempted to run the London Marathon and was hospitalised due to dehydration after managing 25 miles of the 26.2 mile course.[2]

In 2009 Andrew became a Patron of Festival4Stars talent competition after his daughter Georgina Castle became a national finalist.[3]

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