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Strictly axe falls on ex-tennis pro

Former professional tennis player Dan Lobb has been served up an ace by fans of Strictly Come Dancing who voted him off the BBC1 contest.

The 39-year-old and his partner Katya Virshilas found themselves in the bottom two of the celebrity contest after scoring 24 points from 40 with their Viennese Waltz.

They were joined in the bottom two by Nancy Dell'Olio, the former girlfriend of ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, and her partner Anton Du Beke.

On Saturday, the couple scored just 20 points with their tango in which Dell'Olio, according to judge Craig Revel Horwood, looked like a "plodding mule".

She and Du Beke languished at the bottom of the Strictly leaderboard and looked set to pack their sequins and feather boas away, but Lobb, a breakfast television presenter, got the push.

It was a week of high scoring by the performers with several couples hitting the 30s.

But Lobb, who climbed to 18th in the British men's tennis rankings, left the four judges unimpressed.

On Saturday night he and Virshilas danced to Queen's Somebody To Love but he was not involved enough in the performance.

"You look like a casual acquaintance of Katya," said judge Bruno Tonioli who thought his dance was merely "adequate".

Revel Horwood said: "You have an awkward nature about you generally."


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