TWO top tennis players had watches, bags and cash nicked from their hotel on Monday while staying in Eastbourne for the seaside town’s warm-up tournament to Wimbledon.
World No15 Diego Schwartzman and Pedro Martinez, ranked No49, had the items stolen from the Hydro Hotel on the South-Coast.
Sussex police confirmed the incidents in a statement which read: “We can confirm we received reports of two separate burglaries at the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road, Eastbourne, on Monday 20 June.
“A number of high value items including watches and bags were stolen, along with cash and some personal items.
“The incidents are being investigated and we have no further information at this time.”
Tennis ace Martinez spoke of how tough it had been to play on Tuesday against Alejandro Davidovich after the harrowing experience.
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After coming through against his fellow Spaniard, Martinez said: “It was difficult.
“I had a watch stolen from my room yesterday and Schwartzman had some items also stolen from his room.
“I had a bad night, that’s the truth. I didn’t sleep. It was difficult to prepare for the match but I just tried to focus on playing.
“They have their own investigation in the hotel. When I arrived in the room I realised that my watch wasn’t there.
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“I searched throughout the room, it was not there and when I went to reception to communicate to the people, then Diego came 15 minutes after telling the same.”
Both Martinez and Schwartzman were in action on Wednesday against Brits Ryan Peniston and Jack Draper respectively.
Speaking about why the watch meant so much to him, Martinez explained: “I bought it when I made it to the third round in Roland Garros for the first time (in 2020).
“It was sentimental, yes, because it was from there. But what can I do?”