Strictly pay­back time for An­ton, says Judy

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Bev­er­ley Lyons

WHEN they were part­ners on Strictly Come Danc­ing, he whipped her into shape with a gru­elling train­ing regime of con­stant fox­trots and cha-cha-chas.

Now Judy Mur­ray has vowed to get her re­venge on An­ton du Beke – when she part­ners him in a char­ity ten­nis match.

She has even been giv­ing him a dose of his own medicine with a se­ries of pun­ish­ing pre­match prac­tice ses­sions. The mother of Scots ten­nis ace Andy told The Scot­tish Mail on Sun­day: ‘There’s a lot of pres­sure on An­ton. He will know what it’s like to do some­thing that you are not very good at in front of a big crowd. It’s a lit­tle bit of pay­back.’

Mrs Mur­ray and du Beke will play dou­bles to­gether to­day at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall, against her el­dest son Jamie and TV pre­sen­ter He­len Skel­ton. Last night du Beke said: ‘Judy has been putting us through our paces with a se­ries of gru­elling drills to im­prove our game, and it’s fair to say that af­ter ev­ery­thing I put her through for Strictly she’s been lov­ing hav­ing the danc­ing shoe on the other foot.’

As she re­flected on danc­ing with du Beke in the 2015 sea­son of Strictly, Mrs Mur­ray said: ‘I was so rub­bish, very wooden and very stiff.

‘When I watched the shows af­ter­wards I wished I could have danced bet­ter, per­formed bet­ter and been more re­laxed.’

Judy and An­ton


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