Madrid Open Pivots to Virtual Tennis

Madrid Open Pivots to Virtual Tennis

Madrid Open Pivots to Virtual Tennis

"The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will take place over four days, from 27 to 30 April, in a show of solidarity to raise money and help the tennis players most in need during this time, all those that have no income to help them through these months of inactivity, and those affected by Covid-19".

Each male and female victor will decide how much of the €150,000 (S$232,000) prize money to donate to players who are "suffering economically".

Feliciano Lopez, the tournament director, said on the official Madrid Open website: "Since we announced that the Mutua Madrid Open would not take place on the dates planned, we have been working on ideas for bringing tennis to the fans".

The Madrid Open announced the news in a statement Monday. And also with a goal that goes beyond entertain: we seek to contribute our grain of sand in these hard times for all.

Finally, these have been the words of Steve Simon, President and CEO of the WTA: "The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro is a unique and creative way to engage WTA tennis players and their fans during this unprecedented time".

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The event will be televised and online, with interviews and commentary.

The victor and runner-up of each group advances into the quarter-finals, and from there, the tournament will be played as a knockout, featuring semi-finals and a final showdown to crown the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro champion. It will begin with a 16-player round robin competition using the World Tennis Tour video game, featuring a mix of players from both tours playing online, along with some other contests.

The Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier Mandatory event in early May featuring total prize money of US$8.3 million (RM36 million), was one of the events called off. The ATP and WTA champions will decide how much will be donated to lower-ranked tennis players who are struggling to keep afloat financially as a result of the tours being suspended. An additional 50,000 euros (about $55,000) will be given to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.

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