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Andy Murray regains some popularity after a busy weekend

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The Murray family have certainly had a busier weekend than most, but as the saying goes - there's no rest for the wicked.

Drop shots, dancing and directing; not usually things you would imagine combining on an autumnal October weekend, but Andy Murray and his mother Judy have dominated the nation's television sets. 

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Revival

It marks a drastic upturn in the family's popularity, one would imagine, after a difficult couple of weeks.

The Scottish referendum controversy... it all seems to have been a distant memory. Some may have forecast that Andy had suffered irreparable damage to his image after tweeting in favour of the devolution of Scotland from the United Kingdom, but the fall hasn't necessarily materialised - bravo to his advisers!

Instead, the two-time Grand Slam champion has given his time, ego and support to a worthy cause for charity, as well as proving he's not quite ready for a career of future mediocrity on-court. Perhaps even more surprising is that his mum continues to survive on Strictly Come Dancing.

Charity work

Firstly, and most importantly, Murray proved his ability to be a good sport for Channel 4's charity television event, 'Stand Up To Cancer', on Friday night.

The 27-year-old, with the help of comedian Richard Ayoade, was casting for a fictitious movie about the British tennis star.

The likes of Michael Sheen, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Tim Henman, Terry Wogan and Noel Fielding all auditioned for the lead role to play Andy Murray himself.

The British no.1 was on the receiving end of from banter by Cesc Fabregas who declared his compatriot Rafael Nadal, rather than Murray, as the greatest player of his generation. Rory McIlroy also criticised the Scot, while Ayoade had plenty of digs at the 2013 Wimbledon champion.

Nonetheless, Britney Spears wanted to be his girlfriend... happy days.

Strictly 

One evening after Andy's film directing job ended, Judy was back trying to dance, albeit unsuccessfully, on popular BBC show Strictly.

The tennis coach's pre-dance video-tape featured both her sons Jamie and Andy, although the latter was unimpressed at his mother's intentions as she revealed the tango due to be performed was sexy and sensual. 

Also unimpressed was judge Craig Revell-Horwood who claimed Judy had the expression of somebody who had been lobotomized. Needless to say the 55-year-old was again near the bottom of the scoreboard before she was saved yet again by the voting public. 

Vienna vindication 

Judy revealed her sons should now be able to support her at the live shows after surviving this week, and Andy will no doubt be waltzing his way back to England after winning the Austrian Open.

Ironically enough, Murray is in his own competition; to compete in the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month, and his final win over David Ferrer certainly put him on-course to qualify in one of the eight spots.

Ferrer, a direct competitor for one of the spots, was downed by Murray in three sets as the Briton finally moved into the top eight of the 2014 rankings with his second title of the year. 

The world no.11 has had an awfully tough year but a new lease of momentum, and support from those he nearly alienated, could well see him end things on a high, even if Judy doesn't!

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