Andy Murray has been left in the doghouse with wife Kim after his wedding ring – and smelly tennis shoes – were stolen following his own ‘terrible idea’ to leave them under his car overnight.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, 34, is in California for the Indian Wells tournament, where he was granted a wildcard to compete
But an ‘idiotic’ decision to dry his sweaty shoes led to them being stolen and Murray firmly in the ‘bad books’ with his other half.
Andy Murray is in the doghouse with wife Kim after his ‘terrible idea’ to leave his wedding ring attached to his tennis shoes, which he then left under his car and they were stolen
Murray, pictured with wife Kim Sears, has appealed for the safe return of his ring – and shoes
Murray cannot wear his wedding ring on court so always ties it to his shoelaces for safe-keeping but on this occasion it appears he forgot it was there. The former world No 1 has appealed for the safe return of his ring.
Recounting his tale of woe 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.
Murray has attached his wedding ring to shoe laces for safe-keeping since his 2015 wedding
The 34-year-old is preparing for the Indian Wells tournament in California this week
‘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.
Murray first attached his wedding ring to his trainers at the BMW Open in Munich in 2015
Murray’s wife Kim watches him in action at Wimbledon during this year’s tournament
‘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.
Murray came up with the novel way of keeping his ring safe following his marriage to Kim Sears in April 2015.
At his first tournament after his wedding, the BMW Open in Munich, Murray attached the ring to the laces of his Adidas trainers.
They served as a good luck charm as he won the tournament and he said at the time: ‘I won’t lose it if it’s tied to my shoelace. As soon as the match is over I put it back on. If I’d keep it in my bag I’d have lost it already.’