Published June 13, 2012
French police have recovered a 300,000-euro ($370,000) watch that was stolen from Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal in Paris, a member of the player's entourage told Efe.
Nadal, who on Monday won his 11th Grand Slam and record-shattering seventh French Open title by defeating Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets, said at a press conference in Germany that he does not blame the hotel where the watch went missing.
The world No. 2 said he has received outstanding service at that establishment for years and plans to stay there again during next year's tournament, the spokesman said.
Nadal, who made those remarks in Halle, Germany, where he is playing a Wimbledon tune-up event, did not mention the name of the hotel where the watch was stolen.
The tennis player noticed and reported the watch missing on Tuesday morning, hours before police located it in the grass next to a railway track in Paris' southern suburbs, Le Parisien newspaper said.
A hotel employee whom police tracked down by tracing the magnetic key that allowed him to enter Nadal's guestroom had hidden the watch in that spot, the daily reported.
The employee confessed to the crime and led police to the spot near his home where he had placed the watch.
Nadal signed a sponsorship deal in 2010 with Richard Mille, maker of the now-recovered watch, that requires the player to wear the luxury timepiece during all of his matches, his press office said.