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Andy Murray and Judy Murray enjoy mixed weekends

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The Murray family will finally get the chance to enjoy some quieter weekends for a while, after both Andy Murray and his mum Judy finished with recent ventures that have kept them occupied recently.

Unfortunately for Judy, however, it isn't necessarily for the best. The tennis coach was finally voted off BBC dancing show 'Strictly Come Dancing' after a series-long struggle at the bottom of the judges leaderbaoard.

Exit

Judy and her partner Anton Du Beke made it into the last eight of the popular programme, but their luck ran out in a Blackpool Tower special - despite the duo registering their highest score total in a Viennese Waltz.

The 55-year-old had somehow been saved week-after-week by the public vote until she found herself in the bottom two with Sunetra Sarker, an actress in Casualty, and the judges unanimously decided to send the Fed Cup captain packing from the competition.

After her fate was decided, Judy admitted that she knew that she "wasn't very good," but also that professional tutor and partner Du Beke had made the experience "very, very special."

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It's the first time that the British public have seen Judy on their television screens away from her son's players box in the various Grand Slams and it offered a bit more of a glimpse into her life. However, one should think now that Judy will return to supporting Andy Murray from the sidelines - and it looks as though he certainly needs it. 

Banished

The 27-year-old was brutally banished from the ATP World Tour Finals, officially, earlier in the week at the hands of Roger Federer. Yet, just a few days later, he was playing inside the O2 Arena at the time that had been scheduled for a highly-anticipated final. 

Federer was forced to withdraw from his final with Novak Djokovic at very short notice, and Murray was drafted in to play an exhibition against Djokovic - and another against some tennis greats - to abate the upset crowd.

The British no.1 was praised for his gesture to fill-in without demanding a fee, and made light of the situation on-court after he was beaten in the one-off, first-to-eight set by the world no.1: "I was playing Mario Kart on the sofa when I got the call. I was winning at that. My Mario Kart is better than my tennis."

Doubles

After losing to Djokovic, Murray then took part in a doubles match with John McEnroe against Tim Henman and Pat Cash. However, the light-hearted match turned into a three-on-one as McEnroe swapped sides of the net. 

With the joking aside, he'll have time to focus on how best to improve in 2015. It's unclear who will be the two-time Grand Slam champion's coach, however, with rumours rife that Amelie Mauresmo could be let go.

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