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Annabel Croft
Country England
Residence Kingston upon Thames[1]
Date of birth 12 July 1966 (1966-07-12) (age 43)
Place of birth Farnborough, Kent
Retired 1988
Career prize money $201,254
Singles
Career record 49–68
Career titles 1
Highest ranking 24 (31 December 1985)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 2R (1984, 1985)
French Open 2R (1986)
Wimbledon 3R (1984)
US Open 3R (1986)
Doubles
Career record 13–36
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 126 (21 December 1986)
Last updated on: N/A.

Annabel Croft (born 12 July 1966 in Farnborough, England) is a former professional tennis player and current television presenter.

Since retiring from tennis, she has turned to television presenting, with such shows as Treasure Hunt and Interceptor. In 2005, she appeared in the ITV programme Celebrity Wrestling and went on to win it.

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Biography

Tennis career

After winning the Wimbledon and Australian Open girls' tournaments in 1984, Croft won the Virginia Slims of San Diego tournament in 1985, beating Wendy Turnbull in the final in straight sets.[2] In December 1985, she achieved a world ranking of 21.[1] She played for Great Britain in the Fed Cup in 1985 and 1986, and in the Wightman Cup from 1983 to 1986.[1]

After tennis

Despite her potential and being amongst the world's top 25 players, Croft retired from professional tennis very early at the age of only twenty-one, tired of the relentless travel and keen to start a family. Immediately after her retirement, Annabel became the new face of Channel 4’s prime time show Treasure Hunt, following Anneka Rice's successful run. This was followed by her own show on ITV1, Interceptor.[3]

In 1990 Croft released her own fitness video entitled Annabel Croft's Shape Tape.

She has been involved in coverage of Wimbledon Tennis Championship for the BBC, Radio 5 Live and GMTV, and has also worked for Sky Sports and Eurosport as a tennis pundit. She has appeared on UK lifestyle TV shows such as The Wright Stuff, The Entertainment Show, GMTV, Out and About and This Morning.[1]

In June 2009 Annabel Croft was one of five volunteers who took part in a BBC series of two programmes Famous, Rich and Homeless about living penniless on the streets of London.[4]

After "Famous, Rich and Homeless" she did a follow on Radio 5 Live radio show which was broadcasted on the 24th and 25th of December 2009, called "James: My Alcoholic Friend" which she goes and tries to track down James who she spent a night with on the streets and ended up in Weston-super-Mare to find him.

She has successfully completed the New York Marathon.

Personal life

Croft is married to Mel Coleman, a former international yachtsman and current investment banker. The couple live in Coombe, near Wimbledon, in the London borough of Kingston, with their three children, Amber, Charlie, and Lily.[5]

Croft is active in raising awareness of child obesity, and is a supporter of the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.[6]

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