Less than a day after Andy Murray took to social media to announce that his tennis shoes and wedding ring had been stolen in unusual circumstances while preparing to compete in Indian Wells, his search ended on a positive note as he retrieved both items.
In a video posted to his Instagram page on Thursday, 15 hours after his initial comments, Murray thanked fans for the messages he received and for sharing his story. “I had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel,” he said. “A little update for everyone: Would you believe it? The shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go!”
Murray, who will face Adrian Mannarino in the first round, had explained in his previous video how he had managed to lose both his trainers and wedding ring in one night.
Murray said that he had been training in 38-39C heat when his shoes had become “damp, sweaty and smelly”, so he decided to air them out when he returned to the hotel. Since he has no balcony, and he did not want to “stink the room out”, he opted for the unorthodox solution of leaving his tennis shoes under his car to dry them out overnight.
“When I got back to the car in the morning the shoes were gone,” he said. “My tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen, so I had to go to a local pro shop and buy different shoes to what I normally wear – different brand and everything – which isn’t the end of the world but obviously not ideal. ”
Murray, who has been married to Kim Sears since 2015, normally weaves his wedding ring into his shoelaces and it is visible during matches, but he did not realize the implications of losing this pair of shoes until some time later. “As I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me: ‘Where’s your wedding ring?’ and I was like: ‘Oh no.’ I tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes when I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand, so yeah, my wedding ring’s been stolen as well.”
‘I’m an idiot’: Andy Murray appeals for help to recover lost wedding ring – video
In his original caption on Instagram, Murray acknowledged that he was “an idiot”, that leaving his shoes under his car overnight was “a terrible idea” in hindsight and he speculated about a possible reward for the return of his ring. “Needless to say I’m in the bad books at home so I want to try and find it,” he had said. “If anyone can share this or may have any clue where they may be it would be very helpful so I can try and get it back.”
On Thursday morning, Murray clarified that he had traveled to the United States with more than one pair of trainers. He said that he had actually left two pairs of trainers under his car that night, while a third pair of trainers had been worn out during his previous tournament. Instead of his normal Under Armor trainers, Murray trained on Thursday morning in his store-bought Adidas tennis shoes.
Now reunited with his old shoes, Murray will face Mannarino in Friday’s night session at Indian Wells. Emma Raducanu will be Murray’s co-headliner as she contests her first match since winning the US Open. She will play against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
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Despite competing with a metal hip at 34 years old, in recent events Murray’s sweaty shoes have arguably been his biggest impediment. At the US Open, Murray led Stefanos Tsitsipas, the third seed, by a set and had set point in the tie-break and he was playing his best tennis in four years when his shoes became drenched in sweat. He lost grip and the crucial second set, and he spent the break criticizing his team for their lack of preparedness. He eventually lost in five tight sets: “I guess something for me to learn from and in the future is make sure that doesn’t happen again,” he said.