On Saturday, tennis player Juan Martin del Potro stopped to sign an autograph at the Paris Gare du Nord train station and robbers stole his suitcase. They took his passport, money and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis.
“I was finishing the check-in and was asked for an autograph,” del Potro said in a statement. “I turned around to sign it and within 20 seconds, it was stolen.”
He said he was most distraught about losing the rosary, which he carried everywhere.
“That’s important for me but the other things doesn’t matter,” he said.
He took the stolen property in stride. “It’s over, I’m safe, so it’s nice,” the 6-6 player said.
Del Potro was on his way to London for the year end ATP World Tour Finals. The robbery caused him to be late to a pre-tournament press conference. The eight-player tournament is from November 4-11 and he is in Group B with Novak Djokovic, Federer and Richard Gasquet. Group A consists of Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stansias Wawrinka.