Andy Murray has received an untimely bout of bad luck as he prepares to conquer the US Open once more, with the news that his mum Judy has been confirmed for BBC dancing show 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Poor guy.
Judy Murray is the second contestant to sign up for the popular Saturday night show, which airs in the weeks and months before Christmas, following Frankie Bridge, singer from pop group 'The Saturdays' and wife of footballer Wayne Bridge.
It will mean that Judy is set, for once, to be away from the sidelines as Andy prepares to win his first event since Wimbledon last year.
Murray's mother may be used to the limelight but the 54-year-old is foxtrotting into the unknown as she prepares to salsa, tango and waltz to glory.
In a announcement over social network site Twitter, Great Britain's Fed Cup coach said: “I'm a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan but a total armchair dancer. It's going to be a big challenge for me and for whoever has to dance with me but I absolutely can't wait to get started!"
Terrible for Andy
The news comes despite Judy's dismissal of the front page rumours last month during Wimbledon. She revealed at the time that Andy welcomed her decision to stay away from the television sets.
In an interview to Radio Four around three weeks ago, she said: "It was on the front page of the papers during Wimbledon and Andy asked me about it.
"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."
What persuaded the coach from changing her mind is unclear, but Andy will be forced to endure the embarrassment of watching his mum compete at the same time as his own Flushing Meadows dream.
He will certainly hope that his own form isn't as terrible as he anticipates his mother's to be in the competition. At least, however, he won't have any cringe-worthy stories emerging from the States; for example we know now that Murray has smelly feet.
The world no.9 will have his work cut out to repeat his 2012 heroics in New York. The two-time Grand Slam champion has endured a rough patch since achieving glory at SW19 last year.
The 27-year-old is without a single title in 2014 since a comeback from back surgery after last year's US Open. Ivan Lendl parted with the Briton as coach and replacement Amelie Mauresmo couldn't help Murray in his Wimbledon defence, where Grigor Dimitrov won their quarter-final clash.
It would be the perfect time for a surge back to form with many other challengers also struggling. Novak Djokovic has failed twice in warm-ups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Rafael Nadal may not even feature due to injury.
Roger Federer will be the overwhelming favourite after winning in Cincinnati, the 32-year-old beat Murray on the way to glory and is looking to extend his already record-breaking collection of Grand Slams to 18.
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