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Andy Murray tries hairdressing, cooking and being a rock star

Murray a cut above as tennis star tries his hand at crimping, cooking and playing guitar

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UPDATED:

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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Disappointing service: Andy Murray's skills as a crimper were not really appreciated

Disappointing service: Andy Murray's skills as a crimper were not really appreciated

Like your style: Murray gets his scissors out

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

A bit saucy: Murray cooks up a storm as he tries his hand at a pasta dish

Nice return: Murray takes a whack at a tomato

'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

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.