Tennis champion Andy Murray has taken to Instagram to share the unfortunate story of how his wedding ring ended up missing as he tried to dry out his smelly shoes.

The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the Indian Wells tournament in California, but now he has even more on his plate — finding his missing wedding ring.

The Scottish 34-year-old said that, as it’s been 39 degrees, his shoes have naturally got a bit more of a pong than usual. After leaving the sweaty shoes to stew in his roasting-hot car, the smell only got worse.

His pungent shoes were too smelly to be kept inside his hotel room, so he resolved to instead leave them outside underneath his car to dry out. But when he went to retrieve them the following morning, they were nowhere to be found.

He said: “So my tennis shoes for the tournament had been stolen, so I had to go to the local pro shop and buy different shoes, different brand, which isn’t the end of the world, but obviously not ideal.”

But Murray’s day was about to get worse.

It wasn’t until Murray’s physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left his ring tied to his shoes.

He said: “I thought ‘oh no’. I basically tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes while I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand.

“So, yeah, my wedding ring’s been stolen as well. Needless to say, I’m in the bad books at home, so I want to try to find it.”

Murray is now hoping his followers will share his video far and wide in a bid to get the ring back — and to get him out of his wife Kim Sears’ bad books.

He finished the video by saying: “So if anyone could share this, or have any clue where they may be, it would be very helpful, so if we can try and get them back and get to the bottom of it, it would be much appreciated.”

Since Murray is a wholesome character, we’re sure fans in California will go out of their way to try and help him out.

Additional reporting by PA.

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