Thieves Steal Tennis Star’s Pope-Blessed Rosary

Juan Martin Del Potro was fleeced while signing an autograph at a Paris train station

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International tennis icon Juan Martin Del Potro has revealed he was the victim of a robbery Saturday in which he lost his passport, cash, and, worst of all, a rosary that was blessed by Pope Francis in Rome earlier this year.

“The Rosary was very valuable to me and I’m sad I lost it. I also lost my passport, some personal documents and money, but the Rosary was the most important thing,” Del Potro said in a press statement. The 25-year-old’s bag was lifted after he set it down to sign an autograph at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, AFP reports. “It’s the first time something like this has happened to me. I’ll try to enjoy the tournament and not let this affect me.”

Del Potro was traveling from Paris to London after losing in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters to Roger Federer on Friday.