With the professional tennis tour currently suspended due the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s top ATP and WTA players are swapping their rackets for Playstation controllers to compete in virtual tournaments. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were two of thirty-two players who competed online in the Madrid Open Virtual Pro event.
Part of the Tennis World Tour video series, the Madrid Open took place yesterday in the digital version of the Manolo Santana Stadium. Both the men’s and women’s events had prize money with each champion deciding on how to distribute their winnings into relief funds.
Two time Madrid Open champion Murray won his third title without leaving his sofa. Murray, who competed in Group 1 alongside five time winner Nadal, defeated Belgian’s David Goffin in the final 7-6 (5) to win the event and claim the prize money. He shared his winnings between the NHS and the tennis player relief fund, a charity for lower-ranked players who are unable to earn money during the pandemic.
Murray announced on his Instagram, “I’ll be donating half of the 45 thousand dollars prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund.”
World number seven Kiki Bertens from Holland won the title after beating France’s Fiona Ferro in the final. Also competing was British number one Johanna Konta, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki among others.
The event, which was streamed live on the Madrid Open’s Facebook page and the platform’s new gaming app, was the first virtual tennis tournament solely contested by professional tour players.
Information sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/