Norrie had no such luck after losing three pairs ahead of his clash with Nikoloz Basilashvili, forcing him to break in new ones in Sunday night’s final.
“Luckily I didn’t have a wedding ring attached (to them). I didn’t lose that, so it was a bonus,” said the new British No1, giving a nod to his countryman’s misfortune.
“I think someone, I don’t know who it was … maybe someone from the cleaners came through and they threw the three pairs that I had away.
“I looked all day, had everyone looking. I don’t know what the people have against Brits with stealing shoes, but I didn’t manage to get them back. Just had to go out there with a fresh pair.”
Norrie was the first British player to reach the final at one of the ATP’s nine elite Masters 1000 events since Murray five years ago.