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‘I’m in the bad books’: Andy Murray issues appeal after tennis shoes and wedding ring were stolen

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Andy Murray has said he is in the “bad books” with wife Kim after his tennis shoes were stolen – with his wedding ring attached to them.

The British tennis star is preparing to play at Indian Wells in California for the first time since 2017, where he was granted a wildcard to compete.

But he has ended up issuing a video appeal to his followers from his hotel room following the “terrible idea” to leave his damp and sweaty tennis shoes under his car to dry overnight, forgetting his wedding ring was attached to the shoelaces.

Murray, 34, explained he cannot wear his wedding ring on the court so always ties it to his shoes while he plays.

He said he left the shoes underneath his car to dry out overnight so they wouldn’t “stink the room out” – but they had vanished upon his return in the morning.

It was only when his physio asked why he wasn’t wearing his wedding ring that he realised he had left it tied to his shoes.

“Last night after dinner I got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn’t smell great,” Murray explained in an Instagram video.

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“Basically, I’d left my tennis shoes in there. It’s been 39 degrees so my tennis shoes are pretty damp, sweaty. So I decided when I got back to the hotel that the shoes needed some air, I needed to dry them out a little bit.

“I have no 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’m going to leave the shoes underneath the car, to get some air to them and dry them out overnight.”

Andy Murray and Kim Sears leave Dunblane Cathedral after their wedding on April 11, 2015 in Dunblane, Scotland
Image: Andy Murray has been married to wife Kim since 2015

Murray, who has been married to wife Kim since 2015, continued: “Anyway, when I got back to the car in the morning, the shoes were gone. So my tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen, so I had to go to the local pro shop and buy different shoes, different brand, which isn’t the end of the world, but obviously not ideal.

“But as I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me: ‘Where’s your wedding ring?’

“And I thought: ‘Oh no!’ I basically tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes while I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand.

“So, yeah…my wedding ring’s been stolen as well. Needless to say, I’m in the bad books at home, so I want to try to find it.”

The former world number one asked his fans to share his video message to “get to the bottom of it”.