Andy Murray and Kiki Bertens won the Madrid Open Virtual Pro competition in the men’s and women’s category respectively on Thursday.
Murray defeated David Goffin in a pulsating final which went the distance, finally claiming the title 7-6 in the tie-breaker. Bertens had it way easier in the title-decider as she crushed Fiona Ferro 6-1 to lift the proverbial trophy.
16 men and women had competed for four days in the lead-up to the final, exchanging their tennis racquets for controllers and both Murray and Bertens went unbeaten in the tournament, winning six matches apiece to win the titles.
The Madrid Open Virtual Pro was organised as a replacement for the Madrid Open tournament which was to begin from Friday but was cancelled after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Players were grouped in fours and each played three matches during the round-robin stage of the competition. After two gruelling days of virtual tennis, the top two from each group made it to the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals were held on Wednesday which was followed by the semifinals and finals on Thursday along with a string of charity matches.
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The tournament was organised in a bid to get some of the top players to feature in these virtual matches using PS4 controllers and help raise funds for lower-ranked players who are financially struggling following the cancellation of all tennis tournaments till mid-July.
If experts are to believed, it might get difficult to kick-start any tennis even in August but the tennis world would be watching keenly as the first professional tennis tournament, Tennis-Point exhibition, will be played in Germany from May 1. Led by Dustin Brown, players ranked outside the top 100 will feature in this competition.