Rafael Nadal's £250,000 (R3m) watch 'stolen by hotel worker'
..As tennis champion slept in his luxury five-star suite
CAPTION: Stolen: Nadal's jewel-encrusted watch
A hotel worker has been arrested for allegedly stealing a £250,000 watch from Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.
The light-fingered employee reportedly snatched the lavish timepiece from Nadal's suite at a five-star luxury Paris hotel, the Daily Mail reports.
The sportsman said he put the watch by his bedside the evening after winning his 7th French open title on Monday.
But when he woke on Tuesday morning, the jewel-encrusted gadget lent to him for the tournament by watchmakers Richard Mille had vanished.
Police were initially baffled by the crime because the hotel suite showed no signs of forced entry, and only Nadal's parents and girlfriend had access.
But then they spotted that the room had been entered by a hotel worker using his magnetic key card.
Police said they arrested a 38-year-old man at his house in the southern Paris suburb of Corbeil-Essones.
He confessed to the theft and led officers to a spot in undergrowth near his home where he had hidden the watch.
A police spokesman said: 'The man has made a full confession and been charged with theft. He will appear in court at a later date'.