Belinda Bencic and David Ferrer have confirmed their participation at the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro. Frances Tiafoe and Sorana Cirstea have also been signed up by the organisers bringing the number up to 12 in both sections of the draw.
With this, the Madrid Open Virtual Pro are now left with four more players left to brought in, which will be known in the coming week.
The 16 players in both, men’s and women’s section of the draw, will be grouped into four of four apiece with each player featuring in three group stage encounters. At the end of the league stage, the winner and the runner-up of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals will be followed by semifinals and final. The tournament will be played between April 27 and 30.
Players previously signed up at the Madrid Open Virtual Pro include the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, John Isner, Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber.
Others include Lucas Pouille, Karen Khachanov, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Zverev, Kiki Bertens, Carla Suarez Navarro, Fiona Ferro, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Johanna Konta.
Tennis players will give up their racquets and exchange it with PS4 consoles in this competition. They will take on their fellow players from the comforts of their home in what is called the eSports of tennis as the organisers look to raise funds for other tennis players struggling to make ends meet because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Bencic revealed she was excited to feature in any tournament related to tennis whether it was on or off the court. On the other hand Ferrer admitted he has been a gamer all his life and looked forward to the competition, having retired last year from competitive tennis.
Tiafoe thanked the organisers and sponsors for providing the players with this opportunity of competition while Cirstea added:
“It’s an exciting concept and a world premiere in digital tennis. I know the competition will be fierce because we will all want to show the best of our ‘skills’. Very cool combo to mix tennis digital and especially charity during these hard times. Will be loads of fun. Watch me play! Congrats Mutua Madrid Open!”