Del Potro robbed in Paris on way to London tournament

Sat Nov 2, 2013 1:09pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro was robbed of a briefcase as he signed an autograph at Gard du Nord in Paris on Saturday on his way to London for next week's ATP World Tour Finals.

"I was checking in for the (Eurostar) train and I was asked for an autograph. I turned round to sign it and in those 20 seconds I had (the case) stolen," Del Potro said in a statement.

The world number five, who lost his Paris Masters quarter-final to Roger Federer on Friday, kept his passport, money and other personal effects, including a rosary, in the briefcase.

"My rosary, blessed by Pope Francis, which I took with me everywhere, that's what mattered to me most," said Del Potro, who met the Argentine-born Pope during the Italian Open in Rome earlier in the year.

(Reporting by Luis Ampuero in Buenos Aires; Writing by Rex Gowar; Editing by Stephen Wood)

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina stretches to return to Marin Cilic of Croatia at the Paris Masters men's singles tennis tournament at the Palais Omnisports of Bercy in Paris, October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau