Cameron Norrie said that his tennis shoes were stolen from his locker the night before the BNP Paribas Open final, forcing him to play the most important match of his life in new shoes.
“Every day I left my shoes on top of the locker. I think someone, I don’t know who it was, maybe someone from the cleaners or something last night, came through and they threw the three pairs of shoes that I had away,” said Norrie after he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win his first Masters 1000 title, at Indian Wells.
“I looked all day. I had everyone looking. I don’t know what the people have against the Brits with stealing the shoes, but I didn’t manage to get them back. Just had to go out there with a fresh pair of shoes. Luckily, I didn’t have a wedding ring attached. I didn’t lose that, so it was a bonus for me.”
While Norrie made light of his situation by remembering Andy Murray’s recent misplaced shoes in Indian Wells, his coach, Facundo Lugones, was not amused. Norrie may have lost the match and blamed his shoes a year or two ago, he feels, but his thinking has changed.
source : Guardian sport