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Andrew Castle

Former Tennis Star and Sports Broadcaster
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    ModeratorAthletes & CommentatorsEmcee & Master of CeremoniesMedia

     Andrew Castle is one of the most experienced live broadcasters in the UK. He has interviewed everyone from Tony Blair to the Rolling Stones. The GMTV sofa was Castle’s home for 10 years. He danced his way through 8 weeks of BBC1`s “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2008, survived the most grueling month of TV on ITV1`s “71 Degrees North” and has tested himself on “Mastermind” “Beat the Star”, “All Star Family Fortunes”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, “Celebrity Mr. and Mrs.” and “Masterchef”.

    Castle has presented two big money game shows on ITV, namely Perseverance and Divided, and is a regular guest presenter on Channel 5’s popular panel show, The Wright Stuff. Live radio experience includes presenting BBC Radio London 94.9 and the LBC 97.3’s weekend breakfast show, discussing the week’s top news stories and engaging with an audience of over one million listeners every Saturday and Sunday. Castle now presents the breakfast show slot on Smooth Radio every weekday morning.

    Castle’s initial TV work was at Sky Sports. Following this, he was offered the presenting role after 3 years of combining this with live coverage of basketball, badminton and Nascar amongst others. He was asked to fulfill the post of golf presenter for both the European Tour and the USPGA Tour and worked on 3 Ryder Cup broadcasts.

    When GMTV came knocking, Castle felt it was right to test himself in an unfamiliar role. Commended for his work covering the Iraq War and the Al Qaeda bombings in Madrid – he broke the news that the terrorist organizations were the perpetrators –  Castle was versatile enough to cover both ends of the news spectrum and was on the famous sofa for countless celebrity interviews and revelations.

    Tennis laid the foundation for Castle’s media work. Castle left Somerset as a 17 year old to attend a small college in Orlando, Florida. Having won the National Junior College Championships, he was offered a scholarship to Wichita State University in Kansas where he helped his team go to the NCAA Championships Within six months Castle was British No 1 and had made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Australia at Wimbledon.

    Castle played professionally for 7 years. In that time he played all the great players of that era including Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier. Castle played in the Grand Slam Championships and is proud to have reached the Mixed Doubles Final at the 1988 Australian Open. With ten years as the BBC’s lead tennis commentator, Castle’s career has seen him work on 10 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals. However, his favorite commentating moment has to be when Andy Murray claimed Olympic Gold at London 2012.

    Castle supplements his TV/Radio and broadcast work with after dinner speaking and award show hosting where his clients have included Barclays, The Sunday Times and BP, amongst other household names. Renowned on the corporate circuit, Castle is a hugely entertaining speaker, auctioneer, inspiring & motivational speaker and a professional host/master of ceremonies.

    Despite his successful media career, Castle still plays tennis to a high standard and is a regular in the Men’s Senior Championships at Wimbledon. In addition, he plays in ‘The Statoil Masters’ at The Royal Albert Hall in December and at the Hurlingham Club, pre Wimbledon. As Virgin Active’s tennis ambassador, Andrew frequently plays in their exhibitions, conducts specialized clinics and speaks at the group’s racquet facilities across the UK. 

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