Annabel Croft has been announced as the latest addition to the star-studded lineup of contestants for the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing. This popular entertainment program, produced by BBC Studios, is set to make its highly-anticipated return to both BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this autumn. The show promises to once again captivate households nationwide with its signature blend of dazzling performances and opulent flair.

Renowned as a former top-ranked British tennis player, Annabel Croft holds a remarkable distinction as the youngest British competitor at Wimbledon in 95 years, achieving this feat at the age of 15. Her illustrious tennis career extends to representing Great Britain in prestigious competitions like the Wightman Cup and the Federation Cup. Notably, Annabel’s involvement with Wimbledon remains prominent, where she has been an integral part of its coverage for numerous years.

Beyond her tennis achievements, Annabel has ventured into the realm of entertainment, taking on roles in shows such as Treasure Hunt and Inceptor. With an enduring broadcasting career, she has expertly covered major tennis events worldwide. Her versatile skills have been showcased through presenting, commentating, and acclaimed analysis work, making her a respected figure across major broadcasting platforms including BBC, Sky, Amazon Prime, ITV, and Discovery.

Annabel Croft says: “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.”

This announcement was unveiled on the morning of August 10th during Virgin Radio’s Breakfast show.