Even when he’s hundreds of miles away, Andy Murray has nonetheless managed to get himself “in the bad books at dwelling”.
What began with a bid to clean up his smelly tennis shoes has ended with them being “stolen” – alongside together with his wedding ring.
“Got a fast story right here for you that I want a bit little bit of assist with,” the 34-year-old mentioned in an enchantment on his Instagram story.
Murray, getting ready to play at Indian Wells for the first time since 2017, went on to elucidate how he had left his shoes in a single day below the automobile his workforce are utilizing whereas in California to attempt and dry them out after a tough day’s apply.
When he went to get them the subsequent morning, they had been gone. “Not the finish of the world”, he thought, as he went to purchase some extra.
But the undeniable fact that he ties his wedding ring to his laces whereas coaching and enjoying had utterly slipped his thoughts.
“My physio mentioned to me ‘the place’s your wedding ring?’ I used to be like ‘oh no’,” he mentioned.
“My wedding ring has been stolen as nicely so evidently I’m in the bad books at dwelling, so I want to seek out it.”
‘I do not really feel bad about accepting wildcards’
Meanwhile, Murray says he doesn’t really feel bad about accepting wildcards as he returns to Indian Wells for the first time since he was world primary.
He will headline Friday’s evening session in the Californian desert alongside new US Open champion Emma Raducanu.
Murray will play Adrian Mannarino of France in his first look at Indian Wells in 4 years.
“I’m grateful that they’ve given me the alternative to play right here,” he mentioned.
“But do I really feel bad about it? No, I do not really feel bad about it.”
The three-time Grand Slam champion is at the moment exterior the world high 100 and has subsequently often wanted wildcards to entry tournaments this season.
“I’d quite get in by proper, clearly,” Murray added.
“But then I may additionally argue that the three years I used to be out injured, I might have rightfully been entered in all of those tournaments.
“I feel after what I’ve gone by the final three or 4 years, and what I had achieved in the sport beforehand, I do not really feel like I must justify the causes for why I ought to get wildcards.”
Murray, who’s but to beat a top-20 participant this season, has misplaced lately to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz.
“I’ve additionally had numerous alternatives in these matches and not fairly taken them,” mentioned Murray, whose health has improved markedly since Wimbledon.
“They are going to snuff out some alternatives that you simply create, but additionally there’s been some stuff in these matches that I definitely really feel I may have accomplished higher.
“I actually do not feel like I’ve been outclassed, or that I’ve had no probabilities towards them, so there are some positives to take from these losses.”