A $374,000 watch stolen from Rafael Nadal’s hotel bedroom after he won his record-breaking seventh French Open title in Paris was recovered by police.
A 38-year-old employee of the hotel, located in the center of the French capital, confessed to the theft and led police to the watch Tuesday night after they traced the magnetic swipe card used to enter the Spanish tennis sensation’s room, the Le Parisien newspaper reported.
The thief had hidden the expensive timepiece, loaned to Nadal by the luxury brand Richard Mille for the competition, beside a railway in the south Parisian suburb of Corbeil-Essones, near his home, the newspaper reported.
Police were alerted after Nadal noticed the theft Tuesday morning, following his historic four-set victory over Novak Djokovic on Monday that saw the Spaniard eclipse the six French Open titles of Bjorn Borg.
The watch, which Nadal was wearing after his victory Monday, was loaned to him by the luxury brand Richard Mille for the competition.