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Murray – Lost & Found on men’s opening day at Indian Wells

In tennis terms the opening round of the men’s BNP Paribas Open draw in Indian Wells didn’t provide any surprises and the players expected to progress did just that.

Would you believe it -- ring and the shoes have come back home! Andy Murray

The big story of the day though, was provided by Andy Murray who sent out an appeal via Instagram, for the return of his tennis trainers and his wedding ring which was attached to the laces of the shoes as he can’t wear the ring during play.

He had left the shoes which were “pretty damp, sweaty and yes, smelly”, to ‘air’ overnight under his car in the car park after practice on Wednesday and it wasn’t until the morning when he discovered his loss that he realised his wedding ring was still attached them.

“I am an idiot,” Murray said in his original post. “Needless to say, I’m in the bad books at home. So I want to try and find it.”

Fortunately, the ring (and shoes) have been returned and Murray was quick to thank his followers for their assistance in its recovery.

“Would you believe it — ring and the shoes have come back home!” the three-time Grand Slam winner said in a post on Thursday.

“They still smell horrific,” he added of the trainers, “but I’m back in the good books.”

Murray hasn’t given specific details re the return of his property but admits he made several calls to the hotel security before their restoration.

“Huge thanks for all the messages and sharing the story,” he said in a video posted on Instagram punctuating his message with an emphatic, “Let’s go!”

Murray is scheduled to play his first match in this year’s Indian Wells, one of the few Master events he hasn’t won, on Friday when as a wildcard entry, he faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Kei Nishikori gets his Indian Wells challenge on the road

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With regard to the other two Brits in the draw who had first round byes, Japan’s Kei Nishikori has come through to play Dan Evans while Tennys Sandgren of the US, will play Cameron Norrie.

Nishikori’s victory was the most entertaining of the day, starting with a misplaced serve during the warm-up from the Japanese player which in response, produced a ’death threat’ gesture from his opponent, the Portuguese qualifier, Joao Sousa.

The humour of the occasion was appreciated by all but it looked as if Sousa would realise his threat when Sousa claimed the first set but once Nishikori found his rhythm he took control to run out a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 winner and a meeting with the British No.1.

The pair have met on four previous occasions with Evans, the 18th seed, only winning one of those encounters,

Their last meeting was at Roland Garros where the Japanese player triumphed in straight sets. They have also met previously at Indian Wells 2017 where again, Nishikori triumphed.

Meanwhile Sandgren needed nine match points to claim his second round place and a meeting with the British No.2, seeded 21, and then inferred he was lucky to defeat Brazilian Thiego Monteiro 6-4 6-3.

“It was anything but smooth sailing in the last 15 minutes,” Sandgren told Tennis Channel. “I … closed my eyes on a few volleys. The ones I had my eyes open on weren’t good. The ones I had my eyes closed on were good. I don’t know what that means exactly!”

Norrie and Sandgren have met once before, in the final of the Auckland event in 2019 which the American claimed in straight sets.

In other action German Daniel Altmaier upended in 62-minutes, Sam Querrey of the US, who was celebrating his birthday, 6-2 6-4 and goes on to face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, the 23rd seed.

In contrast American Marcos Giron rallied over two-hours and 34-minutes to defeat qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4.

Also through is Japan’s Taro Daniel, a two-set winner over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber; Americans Mackenzie McDonald (who takes on the top seeded Daniil Medvedev next) and Tommy Paul; Argentina’s Guido Pella; Australia’s Alexei Popyrin and Carlos Taberner of Spain, who defeated countryman Jaume Munar 6-3 6-3.



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