Andy Murray in social media plea to track down stolen wedding ring that was tied to his trainers

How did Andy Murray manage to lose his wedding ring via a smelly trainer? ITV News Correspondent Robert Moore explains

Former Wimbledon winner Andy Murray has issued an appeal on social media to track down his stolen wedding ring, which he had tied to his tennis shoes and went missing along with them.

The former British number one explained that he always takes his wedding band off when playing tennis and ties it to his trainers.

Issuing a desperate plea for his ring while preparing for action at the Indian Wells tournament in California, Murray explained that he left his sweaty shoes underneath his car to dry out overnight, forgetting the band was tied to them.

When he went to collect his trainers in the morning, they were gone, but the 34-year-old hadn't yet realised his ring had disappeared along with them. It was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.

Calling for social media to step into action, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring, as he was in the "bad books" with his wife, Kim. “Last night after dinner I got back in the car to go back to the hotel and the car didn’t smell great,” Murray explained on Instagram. “Basically I’d left my tennis shoes in there. It’s been 39 degrees so my tennis shoes are pretty damp, sweaty.

“So I decided when I got back to the hotel that the shoes needed some air, I needed to dry them out a little bit. “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out. “So I thought I’m going to leave the shoes underneath the car, to get some air to them and dry them out overnight.

Andy Murray joked he's in the "bad books" with wife Kim, who he married in 2015.

Murray said that when he returned to the car in the morning, the shoes had gone.

“My tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen, so I had to go to the local pro shop and buy different shoes, different brand, which isn’t the end of the world, but obviously not ideal. “But as I was preparing for my practice, my physio said to me, ‘Where’s your wedding ring?’ “And I thought 'oh no'. I basically tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes while I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand.

“So, yeah, my wedding ring’s been stolen as well. Needless to say, I’m in the bad books at home, so I want to try to find it."

Murray has tied his ring to his laces for years.

Murray asked for his fans to share his video or contact him should they have any information about the missing trainers.

He concluded: "If we can try and get them back and get to the bottom of it, it would be much appreciated.”

Murray, currently ranked world 121, faces number 51 Adrian Mannarino on Friday.

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, who shocked the world to win the US Open last month, is also at Indian Wells where she's hoping to continue her winning streak.