British tennis star Cameron Norrie latest athlete to see trainers go walkabouts

Cameron Norrie's shoes went missing shortly before the 26-year-old became the first British man to win the Masters 1000 tournament in California. Credit: AP

Something suspicious is happening with tennis shoes at the Indian Wells tournament as British star Cameron Norrie revealed his shoes went missing weeks after Sir Andy Murray lost his trainers (and wedding ring) at the same tournament.

Norrie became the first British man to win the prestigious Indian Wells tournament on Sunday when he beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets.

But the 26-year-old's match preparations were disrupted on the morning of the final, when he woke up to find three pairs of his shoes were missing from the locker room.

The new British number one worried the missing shoes would affect his performance.

"You don't want to be thinking about your shoes," he told a press conference after his 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory against Basilashvili.

"At one point I said, 'All right, these are the shoes I got, I'm just going to focus on what I can control right now. I wore them in a little bit, came good in the end."

Despite losing his shoes, Cameron Norrie beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets Credit: AP

The South Africa-born athlete said he thinks a cleaner may have thrown them away after he left them on top of a locker.

"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".

Cameron Norrie isn't the first person to lose valuables at Indian Wells.

Former British number one Sir Andy Murray lost his wedding ring and his shoes earlier on in the tournament.

Murray made a social media appeal after his shoes and wedding ring were taken when he left them under a car to dry after a training session.

The former Wimbledon and US Open was reunited with both items and told Instagram followers he was "back in the good books" with his wife.

Norrie's win has seen him soar from 74th to 15th in the men's rankings, a career high. He now has his sights on a top ten ranking.

"I think even being in the conversation this late in the year with, what, four tournaments left after this, I think that's impressive for me".