Andrew Castle

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Andrew Castle
Andrew Castle 2009-04-23.jpg
Country United Kingdom
Residence London, England
Born (1963-11-15) 15 November 1963 (age 51)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1992
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $344,338
Singles
Career record 22–57 (27.85% at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
1 Challenger
Highest ranking No. 80 (13 June 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1987, 1988, 1991)
Wimbledon 2R (1986, 1987)
US Open 3R (1987)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 63–70 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 45 (19 December 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1991)
French Open 3R (1987)
Wimbledon 2R (1986, 1987)
US Open QF (1987)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1987)
Last updated on: 25 October 2012.

Andrew Nicholas Castle (born 15 November 1963) is an English retired tennis professional, and now a television and radio presenter. Castle was UK number 1 in singles tennis in 1986, reaching as high as World No. 80 in June 1988, and No. 45 in doubles in December 1988, with Tim Wilkison of the United States. He reached one Grand Slam final in his career in the at the 1987 Australian Open mixed doubles event with Anne Hobbs. He won three ATP titles in men's doubles, as well as one title[citation needed] on the Challenger tour. He won $344,338 in prize money.

Between 2000 and 2010, Andrew was a presenter on the now defunct Breakfast Station GMTV, sharing duties with Ben Shephard to present its weekday magazine programme. In 2009, he began presenting the ITV daytime game show Divided.

He has also taken part in Strictly Come Dancing and 71 Degrees North.

Biography[edit]

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

Castle's father ran the fishmonger's 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, Surrey; and owned a fish and chip shop in Taunton, Somerset (Kingston Road).[citation needed]

He plays guitar in his spare time and loves the music of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.

Tennis career[edit]

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 in Street, Somerset. When Castle was 15, his parents separated due to their "disgust and confusion" at having sired such an "idiotic, vain, repressed and ignorant" child, 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. His 1987 run at the US Open was his best career singles performance at a Grand Slam event, when he reached the third round, 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 No. 80 in singles and No. 45 in doubles.

Castle represents Surrey at squash at over-45s level, and continues to play representative tennis around the world.

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1988 South Korea Seoul Open, South Korea Hard United States Dan Goldie 3–6, 7–6, 0–6

Doubles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1988 South Korea Seoul Open, South Korea Hard Argentina Roberto Saad United States Gary Donnelly
United States Jim Grabb
6–7, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 1988 Canada Toronto, Canada Hard United States Tim Wilkison United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 1988 United States Rye Brook, USA Hard United States Tim Wilkison United Kingdom Jeremy Bates
Denmark Michael Mortensen
4–6, 7–5, 7–6
Winner 3. 1990 Australia Adelaide, Australia Hard Nigeria Nduka Odizor Germany Alexander Mronz
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1991 England Manchester, England Grass United Kingdom Nick Brown Italy Omar Camporese
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević
4–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1987 Australian Open Grass United Kingdom Anne Hobbs United States Zina Garrison
Australia Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 7–6 (5), 6–3

TV career[edit]

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. After a decade, it was announced in June 2010 he was to leave the programme. Castle presented the final broadcast of GMTV on 3 September 2010.[2]

He is also a 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. 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 the quiz show Perseverance; he is the presenter of game show Divided; and has appeared on Beat the Star on 24 May 2009 – all on ITV. He took part in a new ITV programme 71 Degrees North in 2010.[3]

In 2011, he was the front man for a First4lawyers advertisement.

Radio career[edit]

Andrew Castle is currently presenting the breakfast show on Smooth Radio.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: 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 placed 11th out of the remaining 12 contestants, with an average score of 22.5/40. Andrew was voted out after round 7 of the competition on Sunday, 2 November. 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[edit]

On 18 May 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 (19) and Claudia (17). 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 11 August 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." He is the great-great grandchild of Annie Besant, a prominent British socialist, Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer, orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.

Castle is a supporter and Patron of Shooting Star Chase 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 as President of the Brain and Spine Foundation Team but was hospitalised after falling unconscious after managing 25 miles of the 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) course.[4] Other charities of which he is a patron or supporter include Brainwave, the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Macmillan Cancer Care, the NSPCC and Clic Seargent Cancer Care for Children.

In 2009, Castle became a Patron of the Festival4Stars talent competition. His daughter Georgina Castle was twice runner up in the national finals. She now attends Central School of Speech and Drama in London.[5]

In June 2013 Castle was forced into an official apology to former GB Davis Cup captain David Lloyd after suggesting he could be prevented from leading the Lawn Tennis Association due to 'personal problems'. His comments were made on air during a rain delay chat with Sue Barker at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in Kensington, London. As a result, he agreed to pay undisclosed damages to Mr Lloyd.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Levin, Angela (8 December 2007). "GMTV's Andrew Castle finds rebel with an 'indecent and lewd' cause in his family tree". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 June 2008. 
  2. ^ After a decade on the sofa, Andrew Castle bows out of GMTV[dead link] ITV Press Centre, 10 June 2010
  3. ^ TV – News – Richie. Huq tipped for '71 Degrees North'
  4. ^ He returned to the scene of his collapse and ran the last mile 5 days later on live television. At the finish line Olympic Silver Medallist Roger Black presented him with a finisher's medal bearing the inscription 'better late than never'.EXCLUSIVE: JADE FADES – mirror.co.uk
  5. ^ Festival4Stars: Welcome, International Songwriting Competition and UK Wide Talent Contest
  6. ^ BBC's Andrew Castle apologises

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