This week should have been one of the happiest of Rafael Nadal’s life, but the Spanish tennis star’s fortunes have taken a drastic turn for the worse. Just hours after winning his seventh French Open singles title, a new record in men’s tennis, Nadal had to report his €300,000 ($380,000) watch as LOST.
The watch, a distinctive Richard Mille model, was lent to the tennis player for use throughout the French Open. Yet when Nadal woke up on Tuesday, the day after clinching his latest grand slam title, the timepiece was missing. Pictures of the Spaniard lifting the hefty French Open trophy show the watch still on Nadal’s wrist, leaving a timeframe of only a few hours for it to go missing in.
The player and his relatives are now working with the French police, with one police source stating, “Nobody broke into the hotel room.”
Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic on Monday for his record-setting win at Roland Garros. His victory came a day after the two men were forced to call it a day on Sunday, with rain causing the clay court to crumble.
Nadal won the final in four sets, with a final score of 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, taking his career record at the French Open to a staggering 52-1.
If Rafa is worried about his lost watch, he can always take comfort in his prize money for winning the tournament: a cool €1,250,000 ($1,560,000). That should just about cover it.