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Andy Murray should sign up to a reality television show

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I presume a few people are scratching their heads at this stage but hear me out, Andy Murray really could've done with a stint in a reality television show over this autumn/winter season.

Something that everybody knows and can appreciate is that the British No.1 is having a shocking time with a tennis racquet at the moment.

The 27-year-old is breaking his own bad records, much like David Moyes did as Manchester United manager last season.

Woe

A world ranking of 11th represents his lowest since 2008, his US Open seeding was a seven-year low, he hasn't won a single title in 2014, he's only won one match against a top 10 player this year - the rap-sheet goes on.

Murray now finds himself desperately hunting around for some ranking points - via a wildcard entry to the China Open - that will see him qualify for the ATP tour finals in London in November.

Failing a pretty severe turnaround in the remaining tournaments over the next month, it looks as though the Scottish-born star will indeed miss the action at the O2 Arena. Only the top eight can qualify after all. 

Simply put, its all a bit of a mess at the moment for the two-time major champion - even his luxury hotel has been ordered to clean-up its act!=.

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Reflection

This should well have been the time for Murray sit down, take a break from tennis for a while and reconsider how things can change. 

This is where a reality show could have served the former world No.3 well.

Look at some of the sports stars who have done this sort of television work, there's been some decent levels of success.

Most recently Audley Harrison came second on 'Celebrity Big Brother', his image from a David Haye humiliation has been somewhat restored. Another boxer who is still on top of their game, Carl Froch, has also appeared on Gymnastics show 'Tumble'.

Success stories

However, the best example has to be Mark Ramprakash. The cricketer won 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2006 while he was still active professionally, in fact his form was so good following his dancing that he nearly earned a Test recall for England after plundering the runs for his county Surrey. 

If Andy had have joined his mum Judy on this year's show, there wouldn't have been a lot to lose and there could've been a lot to gain.

His image hasn't always been spectacular in comparison to some of Great Britain's other sporting heroes, although it has improved since winning Wimbledon - his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award proves that.

Nonetheless he could've healed his reputation after a failed defence. Robbie Savage was probably one of the most-hated sportsmen around until he did well last year, and if it worked for him.

Physically as well, dancing every week would not have lost Murray any conditioning, he'd still be training every day and he'd be learning new movement which could come in handy on-court. 

I just feel as though there will be no vindication in Murray slugging it out on-court to reach to a tough goal while he's clearly in the doldrums.

The general public would find it fascinating to see one of the country's best-ever sportsman twirling around their screens, it would definitely cast him into a new light.

I'm certainly not saying he should forget the tennis, but it would have been a perfect respite before going again at the Australian Open next year. Of course if he doesn't fancy a return to action, I believe there'll be some celebrities in that particular country, at that time, eating all manner of creepy-crawlies... 

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