Diego Schwartzman and Pedro Martínez have their hotel rooms robbed in Eastbourne | Tennis

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Two Eastbourne International competitors, Diego Schwartzman and Pedro Martínez, had expensive personal effects stolen from their hotel room while attending the tournament.

On Monday evening, police attended the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne where Martinez and Schwartzman gave statements. “They have their own investigation in the hotel,” Martínez said.

“When I got to the room, I realized my watch wasn’t there. I searched the whole room, there was none and when I went to reception to communicate with people, then Diego came 15 minutes after saying the same thing.”

The following morning, world number 49 Martínez returned to the court to enter the second round where he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 1-6, 7-6(6) ret, after his compatriot suffered a thumb injury. He explained that it was difficult to compete in such circumstances.

“It was difficult,” Martínez said. “I had a watch stolen from my room [on Monday] and Schwartzman also had items stolen from his room. I had a bad night, that’s the truth. I did not sleep. It was difficult to prepare for the game but I just tried to concentrate on the game.”

In a statement, Sussex Police confirmed reports of the two break-ins, saying that “a number of high value items including watches and bags were stolen, along with cash and certain personal items.

Although the investigation is ongoing, Martínez admitted that he did not expect his items to be recovered. “I think it’s really difficult. They didn’t have cameras in the hallways,” he said.

“It was a watch. I’ve had it for a year and a half. I bought it when I made the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. It was sentimental, yes, because it was from there. But what can I do?”

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