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Annabel Croft Biography – Annabel Croft Wiki
Annabel Croft is a former professional tennis player and current radio and television presenter. Most recently she has been a presenter for Eurosport, Sky Sports and the BBC. She leads the coverage of Wimbledon for the BBC and Radio 5 Live, while also covering the Australian and French Open for Eurosport as a tennis pundit
Annabel started playing tennis at the age of nine during a family holiday in Marbella. Three years later, she won the tennis nationals as a rank outsider, as “letters from the Lawn Tennis Association started coming through the letterbox” inviting her to train at the Bisham Academy tennis centre. At the age of 15, Annabel became the youngest player to compete at Wimbledon for 95 years.
She won the WTA Tour event Virginia Slims of San Diego and represented Great Britain in prestigious Wightman and Federation Cup competitions.
Despite a promising career, and being ranked among the world’s top 25 players, Annabel retired from professional tennis at the young age of 21. She said her decision was tied to a string of losses at major tournaments, and the loneliness she experienced on tour.
“I was really lonely and started thinking I’d chosen the wrong path,” she told The Scotsman. “[I] knew I wanted to get married and have kids. I had a vision of the future: still engaged in combat, because that’s exactly what it was, until I was 30-plus. I just blew up.”
After retiring from tennis, Annabel turned to television presenting roles and reality series appearances. She has fronted entertainment shows such as Treasure Hunt and Inceptor and has enjoyed a long lasting broadcast career covering all the major tennis events worldwide. Her TV and radio career includes presenting, commentating, and working as a highly respected pundit for all the major broadcasters including BBC, Sky, Amazon Prime, ITV and Discovery.
In 2005, she appeared in the ITV programme Celebrity Wrestling and went on to win it.
She has also appeared on BBC One’s award-winning documentary Famous, Rich and Homeless, in which she lived penniless on the streets of London for nine days “to improve understanding of those sleeping rough”.
Annabel Croft Age
Annabel Nicola Croft was born on 12 July 1966 in Farnborough, Kent, England. She is 57 years old as of 2023.
Annabel Croft Husband
Annabel Croft was married to investment banker and professional yachtsman Mel Coleman for over three decades. She and Coleman met while filming a BBC show about yacht racing. Six years later, they got married. In 2009, they started the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, and spent the Covid-19 lockdowns converting an old DPD van into a mobile home. In May 2023, she announced Coleman had died after a short battle with stomach cancer, aged 60.
Annabel Croft Children
Strictly star Annabel Croft and her husband Mel Coleman welcomed three children together, two daughters Amber Coleman and Lily Coleman, and a son, Charlie Coleman, who are all grown up.
Annabel Croft Family
Annabel Croft has two siblings, an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Louisa. “According to my mother, I was a very active child and used to exhaust all of my playmate friends because I had too much energy,” she told SheerLuxe.
She has previously talked about how her mother Susan used to play club-level tennis, calling the sport her “obsession”. “If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have played tennis – I’ll always be grateful to her for that,” she said.
Annabel Croft Net Worth
Annabel Croft’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. Her wealth is mainly from her broadcast career and her husband’s estate. She retired from tennis in 1988, having earned $201,254 in career earnings.
Strictly Come Dancing
Broadcaster and former tennis champion Annabel Croft was the fourth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. She said: “I have always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magical show – swapping tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joyfulness in the process.”
Annabel joined Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas, Nikita Kanda, Ellie Leach, Jody Cundy, Bobby Brazier and Nigel Harman in the Strictly 2023 line-up.
She was partnered with Johannes Radebe. “How lucky am I to have such a wonderful, kind, caring and gorgeous partner,” Annabel wrote on Instagram. “I feel so honoured to be able to dance and share the dance floor with @johannesradebe.”
Annabel Croft Height
Strictly’s Annabel Croft stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (5′ 7″/1.7 m tall).
Her Instagram handle is annabel_croft.