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Andy Murray to play in virtual Madrid Open

Britain’s Andy Murray is among the first group of competitors to be revealed for the upcoming virtual tournament being held by the organisers of the Madrid Open. As previously reported, being unable to hold the clay court tournament due to the suspension of the tour until mid-July at the earliest, Madrid’s organisers have instead decided to put together a four day virtual re-imagining of their event at the end of the month.

Murray will be joined by Lucas Pouille on the men’s side of the draw, whilst the first two women to sign up are Angelique Kerber and Carla Suarez Navarro. Pouille told the ATP website, “This is going to be a very exciting challenge. I’ve already started training because I want to win this tournament against my tennis peers as I know they play a lot. Thank you to the Mutua Madrid Open for this great initiative.”

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Pouille and Kerber are both playable in the Tennis World Tour video game being used for the tournament, but Murray, a two-time champion of the Madrid Open proper, and Carla Suarez will have to select other avatars in their quest for glory. Fellow Brit Kyle Edmund is an option for Murray and Garbine Muguruza is a potential representative for Spain.

The tournament kicks off on 27th April and will feature 16 players in both the men’s and women’s draws, with the remaining participants to be announced shortly. The event is intended as, “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.”




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