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Out! Tennis ace Dan is given the boot from Strictly

FORMER professional tennis player Dan Lobb was served up an ace by fans of Strictly Come Dancing who voted him off the contest.

The 39-year-old and his partner Katya Virshilas found themselves in the bottom two of the BBC1 celebrity contest after scoring 24 points from 40 with Saturday night's Viennese Waltz.

Last night, 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 presenter on ITV's Daybreak, 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, 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.

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

There are 12 couples left in the show.