Andy Murray has revealed his wedding ring has been stolen after a mishap with his tennis shoes.
The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the Indian Wells tournament, and has now ended up issuing an appeal for the return of his wedding ring.
The British star explained he left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.
And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.
Calling for social media to step into action, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.
“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 on Instagram.
“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.
“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.
“So if anyone could share this, or have any clue where they may be, it would be very helpful, so if we can try and get them back and get to the bottom of it, it would be much appreciated.”
Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.