Anne Keothavong

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About

Anne Keothavong is a former professional tennis player and Olympian who was five times British number one. In 2009, she became the first Briton in 16 years to break into the Women’s Tennis Association’s top 50.

Career

Early Beginnings

Anne started playing tennis at the age of 7 at Hackney Downs and Highbury Fields. She played her first match on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junior Circuit at the age of 12.

Professional Tennis

Anne played her first professional match at age 14 and steadily moved up the rankings, entering her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2001. Over her 15-year playing career, she won 20 ITF singles titles and eight doubles titles. She competed in all four Grand Slams, reaching the third round of the US Open in 2009.

Fed Cup

In 2001, Anne became the youngest player at that time to represent Great Britain in the Fed Cup. She played 39 times for the team, the joint second-highest number of appearances behind Virginia Wade. Anne also represented Great Britain in both singles and doubles at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Billie Jean King Cup Captaincy

Since retiring from competitive play, Anne has captained Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup team, formerly the Fed Cup team, leading them into the World Group II for the first time in 26 years. She won all four ties in her first year as captain and continues to lead the team.

Broadcasting Career

Following her retirement from professional tennis, Anne pursued a career in broadcasting. She has worked as a tennis commentator and analyst for BT Sport, BBC, ITV, Amazon Prime Video Sports, and Fox Sports Asia.

Awards

Anne was appointed MBE in 2021 for her services to tennis.

Personal Life

Anne was born in Hackney to parents who fled war-torn Laos in the 1970s. She lives with her husband and their two children.

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