PARIS, June 14: Police say they´ve found the 300,000 euro ($376,000) watch stolen from the Paris hotel room of tennis star Rafael Nadal, and that a barman has been arrested in connection with the theft.
Nadal was in Paris for the French Open, which he won Monday for a record seventh time, beating Serbia´s Novak Djokovic.
Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille had lent the Spanish tennis champion the watch. It vanished sometime late Monday to early Tuesday.
A police source — speaking on condition of anonymity, citing policy — said Wednesday that the pricey timepiece was found Tuesday night along a railway track in the southern Paris suburb of Evry.
The suspect in the case, a 39-year-old barman who worked at the luxury hotel in Paris´ 8th district, was arrested Tuesday evening.
Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the ball after tipping it over the net in his second round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday May 31, 2012.Photo:AP