The Eastbourne tennis tournament has been marred by theft, after two players had “a number of high-value items” – including a Rolex watch – stolen from their hotel room earlier this week.
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, world number 15, and Spain’s Pedro Martinez, who were doubles partners at Queen’s last week, were both robbed at the Hydro hotel earlier this week.
Schwartzman was seen reporting the crime to police around 11 p.m. Monday night from the hotel lobby. Sussex Police later confirmed the events.
“We can confirm that we have received reports of two separate break-ins at the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road, Eastbourne on Monday June 20,” a statement from the force read. “A number of high value items including watches and bags were stolen, along with cash and personal items. The incidents are being investigated and we have no further information at this time.”
Martinez won his singles match on Tuesday afternoon, but said the ordeal affected him mentally. “Yes, it was difficult,” he said. “I had a watch stolen from my room yesterday and Schwartzman also had items stolen from his room. I had a bad night [on Monday], It’s the truth. I did not sleep. Today was hard to prepare [for] the game, but I just tried to focus on the game.
“When I got to the room I realized my watch wasn’t there. I looked all over the room it wasn’t there and when I went to reception to communicate with people , then Diego came 15 minutes later, saying the same thing.”
Martinez faces Britain’s Ryan Peniston in the round of 16 on Wednesday, while Schwartzman takes on Jack Draper.
The Spaniard said he had little confidence in getting his watch – which is worth over £4,000 – back. “I think it’s really difficult, they didn’t have cameras in the hallways,” the world number 49 said. “I had [the watch] a year and a half already. I bought it when I [made] third round at Roland Garros for the first time. It was sentimental, yes, because it was from there. But what can I do?”
The Hydro Hotel, which serves as a base for a number of players at Eastbourne this week, has been contacted for comment.