America’s Sebastian Korda became the victim of theft, as his 300,000 euro Richard-Mille watch was stolen by two individuals when the tennis star was going down a staircase in neighbouring Roquebrune-Cap-Martin two days before the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters was set to begin, in the later hours of Thursday, April 4.

23 year-old Korda was understandably shocked, but not injured in the altercation, despite reports that the culprits allegedly belted the athlete before making a hasty escape on a moped.

The case of this stolen luxury watch was entrusted to teams from the Menton police station, who have started a forensic investigation at the scene of the crime. Both individuals involved in the theft are not yet known, but remain actively sought after.

To his credit, Korda overcame the unsavoury experience and went on to compete in the Masters tournament. However, the American athlete was eliminated by Italy’s Jannik Sinner in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday, April 10.

This rather rough story brings to mind that of the Principality’s own Charles Leclerc, as the Monegasque Formula 1 driver was also the victim of the theft of a very valuable Richard-Mille two years prior.

Featured image courtesy of REUTERS/Aly Song: Sebastian Korda celebrates after winning his round of 16 match against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the 2023 Shanghai Masters tournament