Judy Murray is in talks with the BBC about becoming a contestant on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.
According to production sources, the 54-year old is close to formally agreeing to appear in the new series, which is due to start this autumn.
If she does take the plunge – and RadioTimes.com understands that contracts have not yet been signed – then it would appear to represent a change of heart for the mother of Wimbledon champion Andy.
Three weeks ago, in an interview with Radio Times magazine at the French Open in Paris, Murray suggested she wouldn’t want to do the show in quotes which did not appear in the final article.
“I really wouldn’t like to do it because I’m not a dancer,” she said. “I’ve been in the audience twice and that was great. But I won’t do it, although I do love it.”
As Murray says, she is a big – and also vocal – fan of the show and frequently tweets about it.
She posed for a picture with Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev at the Strictly Confidential stage spin-off in Glasgow last year.
Her Twitter posting said: “Check this girls, Strictly Confidential but…life may well be complete now.”
She has also Tweeted about her admiration for the, ahem, physical qualities of other male Strictly candidates, including footballer Robbie Savage and swimmer Mark Foster, and is understood to be friends with ex-Strictly dancers Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe.
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