Andy Murray is not looking forward to seeing his mother Judy participate in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series, so much so that he has told her she will be “terrible.”
Judy, who is Britain’s Fed Cup captain and coached both her sons Andy and Jamie when they were junior players, is currently in training before the start of the 12th series of the BBC talent show, which sees celebrities competing alongside professionals in a ballroom dancing competition.
The 55-year-old is looking forward to appearing on the show, as she has always been a fan, but she received mixed support from her family when she announced the news.
The Scotswoman told the Daily Mail: “When I told the boys that I might do it, I didn't know if I would do it because you have to give about three and a half months of your life away to it and because I travel a lot and with my job, I didn't know if I would be able to.
“And when I said to Jamie, he said ‘oh mum, you'll love that, you love that show" and Andy said "oh my god, you'll be absolutely terrible’.”
Judy will be appearing in the show alongside pop singers Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge, and she can be seen in action on the opening night of the series this Sunday, though the pairings for this year’s series are yet to be revealed.
The intensive training that Judy is participating in has lead her to miss Andy and Jamie’s participation in this year’s US Open, where Jamie was knocked out in the first round of the men’s doubles alongside John Peers, and Andy’s tournament came to an end after losing in the men’s singles quarter-finals to Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.
It has been common to see Judy in attendance at both of their matches throughout their careers, which has seen Andy win two Grand Slam titles, including Wimbledon in 2013, making him the first British male winner of a major since 1936, and Jamie win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2007.
But it could now be time for them to return the favour, as she thinks there is a chance that Andy will attend the shows, which are filmed at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, and Judy would be glad to see their roles reversed.
“I think he will if he's at home. I can see him taking a seat on the back row and slowly sliding underneath the chairs, but I've said ‘it's payback time’.”
Appearing on the show could be a welcome break for her, as she has seen Andy suffer one of the most turbulent years of his career, following back surgery which forced him to miss the end of the 2013 season.
The Dunblane-born player has seen his world ranking drop by seven positions to ninth since winning Wimbledon, and he is yet to reach the final of an ATP tournament in that time.
Whether he will be able to make an appearance at the show will be dependent on how long his mother can remain in the competition, which begins with 15 contestants, though he will now be able to enjoy a break before returning to action at the Shanghai Masters in October.