Judy Murray was right. She thought she’d be 'toast' on Strictly if she entered the dance-off and so, despite an almost-recognisable Viennese Waltz and an ascent to the heavens Mary-Poppins-style last weekend at Blackpool, she and partner, Anton Du Beke, were finally ousted from the show.

Her sons, Andy and Jamie, can now turn up the volume on the TV and come out from behind the sofa - their preferred viewing options, respectively.

The sudden return to civilian life can be shocking but Murray had foolproof survival techniques all worked out.  "I'm consoling myself with cake as we speak,” she said.

I'm leaving the proper dancers to it now but what a blast!"

Judy Murray

"The thing I’ll miss most is the friendships. I've made so many wonderful friends and especially Anton, who was the perfect partner for me and such brilliant fun to be around. He even managed to get a decent dance out of me last week!

"Blackpool was the perfect end for me. The ballroom is spectacular and the show was incredible. My dress was fabulous and I got to waltz with the 'King of Ballroom'. And Saturday was for sure my best dance, so what's not to love? I'm leaving the proper dancers to it now but what a blast!”

But her celebrated dancing style (aka “not dance as we know it,” according to Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli) will not desert British television entirely. She resumes practice for the Strictly Christmas Special this week and will also leap straight into ambassador mode for the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Awards, presented by Clare Balding and televised on BT Sport on Wednesday December 10.

Jordanne Whiley completed a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open

Murray is an ambassador for the history-making Grand-Slam-winning wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley, who won all four of the major titles in Australia, France, Wimbledon and finally the US in 2014, despite chronic heat and torrential downpours, alongside her Japanese partner, Yui Kamiji.

“Jordanne is an amazing young lady,” said Murray.  "She’s broken her legs 26 times and she’s still playing sport at the very top level. I call her ‘The Slice Girl’ because her backhand is vicious. And she’s a calendar Grand Slam champ. She gets my vote for her incredible resilience and all round gorgeousness.”

To see the rest of the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year nominees and vote for your winner, click here.