Forget the dancing, it seems Judy Murray has spent some time recently taking lessons of cockroaches as she continues to stay alive in BBC show 'Strictly Come Dancing' despite her continued presence at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The Scottish tennis coach has made it into the final ten of the popular show, as fellow struggler and Radio One DJ Scott Mills lost his place in the competition after a poorly-rated Adams family inspired dance.
Judy has faced criticisms which include a jibe questioning whether she rigor mortis and was also said to have had the expression of somebody being lobotomized, nonetheless the 55-year-old lives to dance another day with her partner Anton Du Beke.
Bookies slash odds
It would seem there are plenty of fans for the Great Britain's Fed Cup captain, and bookmakers have been forced to slash her odds on winning the show from 200/1 down to 40/1.
Not among her legions of fierce supporters, however, is her youngest and best-known son Andy Murray. After initially being opposed to the idea of his mum taking part in the show, the 27-year-old did offer some kind words, but he wont go as far as to take a seat for one of the live shows.
Andy's brother Jamie did make the effort to come and watch Judy last weekend, but the two-time Grand Slam champion isn't keen.
As he recovers from a hectic schedule which has seen him play six tournaments in six weeks in order to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena - which kick-off next week - Murray joked that he has better things to do.
“I'm quite looking forward to getting back and being in my own bed and my home for quite a few days, rather than watching some very average dancing,” he said in an interview with the Telegraph.
While he may not be impressed at his mother's lack of quality, the former world no.2 has revealed he is glad to see that she is enjoying herself in a new challenge.
“I've only seen two of the dances, but she is having a good time - that's the most important thing. From what she's said to me, it's been the best fun she's had in such a long time, learning something new," he continued. "But for her it's tough on the body.
“She's doing six hours of dancing three days a week to get ready and then they do the show.
“Being in heels and stuff - she doesn't normally wear them, she's normally in trainers. So for her it's quite tough physically, which I don't think she was really expecting.”
Judy has nine other hopefuls to take down before she can hope to pull-off an unlikely coup by winning Strictly, though the favourites continue to impress the judges, they include pop-stars Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge, as well as Eastenders actor Jake Wood.
Andy Murray doesn't have quite as many people to beat in order to get his hands on the next available bit of silverware - the top eight players from 2014 go head-to-head in London - but it'll be just as tough a challenge for the world no.6.
The likes of Roger Federer and world no.1 Novak Djokovic, both of whom have won the Finals in the past, are the men most likely to take the spoils after displaying more consistent form over the year than the British no.1. However, another star player, Rafael Nadal, misses out through injury.
Can the Murrays waltz and serve their way towards respective glories?
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