It has not all been smooth sailing for Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Bio) following his quarter-final exit from the BNP Paribas Masters. The World No. 5 had his most valuable possessions stolen today en route to the Barclays World Tour Finals in London.
Del Potro was checking in at the Gare du Nord train station and stopped to sign an autograph for a fan. Within the 20 seconds he had paused to gratify the fan, his briefcase was stolen. The Argentine’s passport and wallet were amongst his possessions stolen, but worst of all, his Rosary that was blessed by Pope Francis in Rome this year was also in the suitcase.
“My Rosary blessed by Pope Francis, I carried everywhere. That’s what matters most to me,” said Del Potro. “I was finishing the check-in and was asked for an autograph. I turned around to sign it and within 20 seconds, it was stolen.”Article Continues Below Ad
Considering the Tour Finals are less than 48 hours away, the theft is certainly not the greatest of scenarios for Del Potro, who is vying to win the prestigious tournament for the first time in his career. He is a part of Group B, alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet.