The Madrid Open Virtual Pro announced four more names who will be participating in this virtual tennis competition later this month. Former Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka will be a part of action along with Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini and Madison Keys.
Eight of the 16 players who will feature at each of the men’s and women’s draw of the Madrid Open Virtual Pro are now decided and the remaining players along with the rules of the game will soon be revealed.
In the men’s section of the draw, Monfils and Fognini will join Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Goffin, Karen Khachanov, John Isner and Lucas Pouille as eight of the 16 who will participate at this competition called the eSport of tennis.
The women’s draw has already seen the signing up of Angelique Kerber, Carla Suarez Navarro, Kiki Bertens, Fiona Ferro, Eugenie Bouchard and Kristina Mladenovic and Azarenka and Keys will now also be a part of the same.
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The Madrid Open Virtual Pro format will see the players divided into four groups of four apiece, with every player playing three matches during the group stages of the competition at the virtually recreated Manolo Santana Stadium. The Tennis World Tour video game (Nacon Gaming) will be used for this and the players will be playing on a PlayStation 4.
At the end of the league stage of this competition, the top two in the standings from all four groups will advance to the quarterfinals. All matches from there on will be knockouts.
The players will be playing for prize money and pride but they will also be playing for a charitable cause as they look to raise money to help those tennis players affected by the cancellation of ATP and WTA tennis competitions.
Monfils spoke about the excitement to be competing again, albeit from the confines of his room and to be able to contribute to a cause.
“I have been playing a lot of video games during the lockdown, so I will be glad to meet up [with] my fellow players again during the Tennis World Tour tournament organized by the Mutua Madrid Open. We will be back in competition mode but more importantly we will play for a great cause.”
Tennis fans and eSports fans will be able to watch the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro live streamed or on television but more details on that are still awaited.