By Erik Gudris / November 2, 2013
Juan Martin Del Potro was robbed while at the Paris train station en route to the ATP World Tour Finals in
London. His money, passport and a prized rosary were among the items taken.
Photo Credit: AP
Juan Martin Del Potro was robbed in Paris while traveling to London for next week's ATP World Tour Finals.
While checking in at the Gare du Nord train station, Del Potro was asked for an autograph. As he fulfilled the request, his briefcase was stolen. Along with money and his passport, Del Potro's most prize possession, a rosary blessed by Pope Francis, was also taken.
Del Potro himself was unharmed. After he reported the incident to Paris police, the Argentine tennis star made his way to London. He spoke to reporters there during a pre-event press conference.
“It was weird and very fast. I don't know if I was set up,” Del Potro said. “I was signing autographs and taking pictures at the Paris train station. I checked and my bag was missing. The good thing is that this tournament is too good to let this bring me down.”
Del Potro will compete in next week's season-ending event, having been drawn into "Group B" that also features Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet.
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Despite the earlier incident, Del Potro was all smiles as he walked the red carpet for a pre-event gala later in the evening honoring all of the players.