Andrew Castle

Andrew Castle

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Andrew Castle

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Andrew Nicholas Castle (born 15 November 1963 in Epsom, Surrey) is an English retired tennis professional, former British No. 1, and now television presenter.

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.

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, Surrey; and in Taunton, Somerset.

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.

Castle became a professional tennis player in 1986, after completing...
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