Andy Murray’s online plea, calling for the return of a lost pair of “smelly” shoes and his wedding ring, was answered by the security staff of a Southern California hotel, the tennis star said on social media.
Murray announced Thursday on Instagram that the items were found. The former world No. 1 said they went missing late Wednesday. Murray, 34, is in Indian Wells, Calif., to compete in the 2021 BNP Paribas Open.
“Would you believe it? They still absolutely stink, but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books,” Murray said in an Instagram video, as he sniffed a shoe.
Murray faces Adrian Mannarino of France in the first round of the men’s singles tournament at 10:15 p.m. EDT Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
He took part in practice sessions earlier in the week and left the shoes in his car Wednesday while at a dinner.
Murray tied the ring to his shoe laces and put the shoes under his car to dry out overnight. He returned the next morning and the shoes were gone.
“I left the shoes in there at  degrees and they were sweaty and smelly,” Murray said early Thursday on Instagram. “I decided when I got back to the hotel that the shoes needed air.”
Murray said he bought new shoes for Thursday’s practice and didn’t remember his wedding ring was missing until later in the day.
“Needless to say I’m in the bad books at home so I want to try and find it,” Murray said early Thursday. “If anyone can share this or may have any clue where they may be it would be helpful.”
Murray married author Kim Sears in 2015. She is the daughter of tennis coach Nigel Sears. The Murrays parent four children.