ATP and WTA stars to contest virtual Madrid Open

ATP and WTA stars to contest virtual Madrid Open

However, the clay-court tournament has chose to create an esports replica of its event titled the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro which will take place from 27th to 30th April, with a list of the participants to be announced "soon".

The Madrid Open announced the news in a statement Monday.

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".

And following that same rule, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, which will prevent the Mutua Madrid Open 2020 from being disputed from May 1 to 10, and which has forced ATP and WTA to postpone circuit activity until the next 13 July, the organization of the only ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory that takes place in Europe has announced the creation of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.

Male and female winners will both be given a prize fund of 150,000 euros (£132,000) and they will get to decide how much goes to tennis players facing financial hardship without any tournaments to enter.

Stay tuned for an entry list in the coming days, but expect leading ATP and WTA to feature.

"This is a win-win for all-the Mutua Madrid Open, the players, and the fans", ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said. "The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro highlights the tournament's technological, youthful and innovative side [and] is fitting for the current circumstances".

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

There will be 16 singles players in both the men and women's draws, divided into four groups.

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.

Professional players will compete on the Tennis World Tour video game to raise money for those struggling in the sport and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Check back here shortly when the order of play for each day is announced.

A further €50,000 (US$54,000) will go towards reducing the social impact of Covid-19.

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