Andy Murray explained how he found his wedding ring following an impressive victory at the Indian Wells Masters.
The former world number one rolled back the years as he cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round.
In the buildup to his match, Muzza was not only focusing on producing a good performance on the court, but also trying to find his wedding ring.
Following a training session at Indian Wells on Thursday, the tennis star told fans he was forced to leave his sweat-sodden shoes outside to dry in an effort to not ‘stink out’ his hotel room, so left them underneath his car.
When he returned the morning after the shoes – which had his ring attached to them – were gone, forcing him to buy a different pair he had never worn before for the tournament, whilst also being ringless.
Murray did have some good news in his update yesterday, revealing the shoes, and more importantly the wedding ring were back in his possession.
Following his win earlier this morning, Muzza explained the process behind retrieving his ring.
“The day that we realised they were, let's say misplaced or someone had moved them, I went and I spoke to the lost and found a couple times at the hotel that day. They said they'd found nothing. I spoke to security. They said they found nothing,” he began.
“I was like: 'Well, they're gone.' I was going to file a police report to try to get them back or to increase my chance of getting them back. Anyway, I went and spoke to the hotel, explained to them that was what I was going to do.
"They then decided to take all of my details down, about an hour later they turned up. One of the employees at the hotel found them in their lost and found.”
He added: “I was told that someone from the hotel obviously picked it up. And then they just didn't see it in the lost property when I'd asked for it. That's what they told me.
“Obviously I'd asked like four times the lost and found and the security and they didn't have it. So thankfully, that turned up at the end.”
Many feared the 34-year-old would be in “dog house” after his ring was stolen, but Murray revealed this is not the first time he has been unable to find it.
Asked how the conversation with his wife Kim Sears went, he said: “It wasn’t too bad, to be honest. My wife’s pretty laid back with that stuff.
“There’s been a number of occasions where it’s fallen off my shoe. Like once I was swimming in a swimming pool. When my hands get cold, the ring can slide off.
“I’ve almost lost it quite a few times but it always finds its way back to me somehow. Yeah, this time was no different.”
Murray took to the court immediately after fellow Brit Emma Raducanu suffered defeat in her first match since winning the US Open.
He played a fabulous match, moving superbly and his trademark lob came to the fore once again to win a superb rally en route to breaking the Frenchman’s serve at 3-2 in the first set.
Murray cracked a forehand winner to earn a decisive break in the second set and saved a break in the final game before Mannarino missed a drop shot to finish the match.
Despite the excellent win, the two-time Wimbledon champion did not get too carried away with his performance.
“I did well considering the conditions. I don’t think I played, like, amazing tennis or the best tennis that I can play," he said.
“But I still won comfortably against a very good player just by knuckling down on every point.”
Murray will play Spanish teenager and US Open quarter-finalist Carlos Alcaraz in round two.
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