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Andy Murray warns away strictly terrible mother

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Andy doesn't believe his mum would take any plaudits (©GettyImages)
Andy doesn't believe his mum would take any plaudits (©GettyImages).

Despite front page rumours earlier this summer, there will be no fox-trotting, no tango and no rumba from Judy Murray on the BBC show 'Strictly Come Dancing', and the most relieved man in Britain will be Andy Murray.

Andy is used to his mother taking her share in the spotlight, but a dancing debut on national television would have been a cha cha step too far - especially after he had his smelly feet criticised by her the other day. 

Strictly no way 

Because, while Murray was busy trying - and eventually failing - to defend his Wimbledon title earlier this month, his mother, Judy, was heavily linked with a spot on the flagship show which rivals ITV's X-Factor before the Christmas period.

They were believed to have been in advanced talks for Murray's appearance on the dance show, Andy's girlfriend Kim Sears also said no

The 27-year-old confronted his mum with the news and thankfully received the answer he was hoping for: "It was on the front page of the papers during Wimbledon and Andy asked me about it," said Judy Murray

"I said 'no' and he said 'thank God for that, you would be absolutely terrible' which I would.

"I think it's just a rumour so no, definitely not."

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Dancing

Judy used to coach her sons - including elder brother Jamie - in their youth, but Andy could've swapped those roles if she was to take her place.

The two-time major champion is no stranger to practising his footwork on the biggest stage of all. It wasn't exactly the perfect summer for Murray after losing in the SW19 quarter-finals to Grigor Dimitrov, a defeat which has seen his world ranking plummet to tenth, but the former world no.3 will hope for better fortunes at the US Open. 

'Deliciano' embarrassment 

One player he won't hope to bump into at Flushing Meadows will be Feliciano Lopez, the Spaniard's link with his mother continues to cause a great deal of embarrassment. Judy, 54-years-old, has admitted he would be the only person she would dance with.

"If I could dance with any tennis player, it would be Feliciano Lopez, who I call 'Deliciano'. He looks a bit like a Roman God," Britain's Fed Cup captain continued.

The flirtation began a few years ago, and even back then - Andy wasn't happy with his mums nickname for the world no.24, as he called her 'disgusting'.

On-court focus

With the apparent no show, however, things can return to happy families. Murray will need all of his team on-board supporting him as he targets a second New York crown - following on from his maiden Grand Slam win in 2012.

There was rumours of discontent in the camp throughout Wimbledon after Amelie Mauresmo's appointment, but with the Frenchwoman set to stay on - Facebook pictures released by Murray showed everybody working in tandem.

Many of the top stars like Rafael Nadal - defending champion - and Roger Federer - five-time champion - have revealed their return to training ahead of the hard court season in North America.  

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