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Andy Murray could join Strictly Come Dancing crowd

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We are used to seeing Andy Murray battling it out with the world's best tennis players from around the globe, but the 27-year-old could soon be spotted in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' crowd, according to his mum.

Judy has been trying - trying be the key word - to wow the judges on the BBC Dancing, with varying levels of success, and her bid could be boosted by the presence of both her sons.

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Strictly struggles

It was believed that Murray was mortified at his mother's decision to sign-up for the show, stating that she would "absolutely terrible". To be fair, the two-time Grand Slam champion hasn't been proved wrong yet either.

The 55-year-old somehow avoided a first round exit, despite propping up the leaderboard from the first two weeks, and she didn't fare much better this past weekend - only 'Cash in the Attic' presenter Tim Wonnacott was given a lower score, even though it was 'Mrs Brown's boys' actress Jennifer Gibney that was booted off (full of A-listers I know).

Thus far, the judges haven't been to kind to Great Britain's Fed Cup coach. Bruno Tonioli said a tennis themed cha-cha was more Court 18 than Centre Court, ouch. The traditionally mean-natured Craig Revel-Horwood then even questioned whether Judy had rigor mortis, because of her stiffness, even more ouch! 

 However, despite her struggles, it would appear the public keep picking up the phone to save her, or, with seconds thoughts, maybe it's her sons Andy and Jamie who are having busy nights hitting redial.

Support

The tennis pair have apparently told their mum not to worry about her critics, while offering their own words of support. Jamie Murray, the elder of the two brothers, who plays doubles tennis almost exclusively, thinks Judy has plenty to offer.

"Jamie says to me, 'Don't worry about the marks, mum, it's very important not to peak too early in the competition'! Which I thought was a very good way of putting it," Judy said to Digital Spy.

Andy has been busy in China recently as he attempted to pick up some ranking points in order to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month, but despite the time difference, the 27-year-old has been keeping abreast of all dancing matters.

In reference to Tonioli's comments, he said: "'So mum, more Court 18 than Centre Court? You'll always be Centre Court for me'. Oh, I loved it!"

Appearance?

Furthermore, the Murray brothers' support could see them take a seat at one of the live shows soon.

The schedule is packed at the moment, and Andy has been forced to accept a wildcard entry to a tournament in Venice with time running out before the Tour Finals, but Judy is hopeful.

"It depends on how I get on and on how they get on, but it's coming towards the end of the season, so I've just got to up my game," she continued.

"I'd love them to come if they wanted to. I would hate them to be sitting there and sliding under the seat in front of them, or have their hands across their eyes.

"I'm not sure – it might totally put me off. Or put me off even more than I'm put off already!"

I have to say, the Scottish-born brothers are braver than me. I don't think I would be able to bear that!

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