Andy Murray, the world number one tennis player, is appealing for the return of his wedding ring and stinky tennis shoes, which were stolen after he had the “poor idea” of leaving them beneath his car overnight.
The 34-year-old, three-time Grand Slam champion is in California for the Indian Wells tournament, where he was given a wildcard.
Murray clips his wedding band to his shoelaces for safekeeping because he can’t wear it on the court, but it was taken along with the shoes. The former world number one has requested that his ring be returned safely.
Speaking in an Instagram video, Murray said: ‘Last night after dinner in Indian Wells, I got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn’t smell great.
‘I left my tennis shoes in there and it’s been 38C here so my shoes were very sweaty, damp and smelly.
‘I decided when I got back to the hotel, the shoes needed some air to dry them out a bit. I don’t have a balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out.
‘So I thought I’ll leave the shoes underneath the car to get some air to them and dry them out overnight. When I got back to the car in the morning, the shoes were gone.
‘My tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen so I had to go to a local pro shop to buy different shoes. Not the end of the world but not ideal.
‘As I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me, “where is your wedding ring?” And I was like “oh no”.
‘I tie my wedding ring to my shoes when I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand. So my wedding ring has been stolen as well so, needless to say, I am in the bad books at home so I want to try and find it.
‘So if anyone can share this or have any clue where they may be, it would be very helpful if I could get it back or get to the bottom of it.’
In the post caption, Murray said: ‘Yes I know I’m an idiot and in hindsight it seems like a terrible idea but i need some help. What should the reward be for getting it back?’ He followed that with the hashtags #ring #shoes #idiot #help #clown.