Annabel Croft is a former professional tennis player from the United Kingdom who was born on July 12, 1966, in Farnborough, Hampshire.
She was a highly successful player during her career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 24 in the world in singles and No. 21 in doubles.
Croft was known for her aggressive playing style, particularly her strong serve and volley game.
She began playing tennis at a young age and quickly showed promise, winning the Wimbledon girls’ singles title in 1984.
Croft turned professional later that year and went on to win four WTA singles titles and three doubles titles during her career.
Her most significant victory came in 1985 when she won the Virginia Slims Championships in New York City, defeating Hana Mandlikova in the final.
In addition to her success on the court, Croft was also known for her stylish and fashionable outfits, which helped to make her a popular figure in the tennis world.
She retired from professional tennis in 1997 at the age of 31, citing a desire to spend more time with her family.
Since retiring from tennis, Croft has remained involved in the sport as a commentator and analyst for various television networks, including the BBC and Eurosport.
She has also worked as a coach and mentor to young players, and has been involved in various charitable organizations, including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
In addition to her tennis career, Croft has also pursued other interests, including writing and broadcasting.
She has written several books, including an autobiography, and has worked as a television presenter and commentator on a variety of programs.
Annabel Croft husband
Croft was married to Mel Coleman, a former international America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup yachtsman.
They were married for 30 years before Coleman passed away just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
In an interview with The Independent, Croft spoke about her late husband and how she is competing on Strictly Come Dancing “to find joy” after his death.