Andrew Castle reveals he once chased a burglar while naked

'I almost caught him'

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Andrew Castle once chased a burglar naked. (Getty Images)

Andrew Castle has revealed that he once chased a burglar down the street – while being completely naked.

The former tennis pro and current broadcaster made the admission while hosting his radio show on LBC.

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Noting that he had been woken up by the noise of a fishing rod being pushed through his letterbox, Castle said: "With nothing on I whipped downstairs. This bloke had hooked my keys, and there's money everywhere."

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He added: "I get the door open, completely starker's, and ended up sprinting after this bloke down the road, past the shops and almost on the Clapham Common."

The former professional athlete nearly got his things back too: "And I almost caught him by the way."

Castle was a tennis player until 1992 and was at one point the number one ranked male player in Britain. The biggest moment of his tennis career came when he reached the final of the Australian Open mixed doubles in 1987.

That year was his most successful on tour as he also reached the quarter-finals of the US Open doubles and made a notable run to the third round of the singles event before losing to Boris Becker.

After retiring, Castle quickly transitioned to broadcasting, commentating on tennis and other sports for Sky.

Andrew Castle on No.1 court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)
Andrew Castle played tennis before becoming a presenter. (Getty Images)

His post-playing career is most notable for his decade-long stint on GMTV which he joined in 2000.

He has also won a Bafta for his work on the BBC's tennis coverage and has commentated on every Wimbledon final since 2003.

Castle also competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 where his professional partner was Ola Jordan. They were eliminated from the competition in the fifth week.

Castle currently presents on LBC every weekend from 7am.

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