Murray a cut above as tennis star tries his hand at crimping, cooking and playing guitar
10:30 GMT, 15 March 2012
With his early-season form proving erratic, Andy Murray might be forgiven for wondering if he's in the right game.
But is the British No 1 seriously considering a new career as a chef serving up his own brand of pasta sauce – or joining a rock band, or crimping in a hairdressing salon
Fans will be reassured to learn that it's all just part of a bizarre advertising campaign for Murray's sponsor and racket maker Head.
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The 24-year-old, from Dunblane, Perthshire, gave the game away on his Twitter site, where he tweeted: 'Been checking out a few different work options on my @headtennis commercial. Best stick to the day job, I reckon.
'In the advert, I'm asked by a journalist what I would have done if I wasn't a tennis player. I'm playing out different daydreams about different jobs I could have done.
'Hairdressing is not something I thought about doing before. Tomato sauce is probably one of the only things I could cook.
A bit saucy: Murray cooks up a storm as he tries his hand at a pasta dish
'Pasta is normally the only thing I am good at, and most of the time it is in tomato sauce so, of all the things I have done today, that might be the one that I am actually good at.
'I think everyone at some stage would have liked to be a rock star, a musician of some sort, so that was quite fun, although I did get a blister from strumming the guitar.'
For the tongue-in-cheek advert, Murray dresses up as a comedy chef, complete with outsized toque, to create his own sauce recipe by smashing tomatoes over a tennis net.
Rock on Andy: Murray struts his stuff with a guitar
He also fronts his own rock band, Andy and the Radicals, before using his guitar as a racket to fend off teddy bears thrown by an adoring crowd.
And he proves a cut above the rest as a tennis-obsessed hairdresser, shaping one client's hair into a bright-yellow tennis ball.
Interestingly, as a child Murray did have an alternative career mapped out playing football, after being invited to train with Rangers at their School of Excellence – but eventually kicked it into touch to play tennis.