Andy Murray signs up for Madrid’s virtual tennis tournament in the middle of the coronavirus crisis

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When he participates in the virtual Madrid Open later this month, ANDY MURRAY will exchange his tennis racket for a gaming controller.

The Scot and Lucas Pouille were revealed Thursday night as the first two ATP players in the draw as the tennis world raises money during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Madrid Open was scheduled for May 1-10, but has been postponed as both the ATP and WTA tours have closed their calendars due to the global crisis until at least mid-July.

The clay-court tournament, however, has agreed to build an e-sports replica of its event, entitled Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro, which will feature Murray and Pouille from 27 to 30 April.

On the official ATP website, Pouille said: ‘This is going to be a very exciting challenge.

Since I want to win this tournament against my tennis colleagues, I have already begun practicing because I know they’re playing a lot.

“Thank you to the Mutua Madrid Open for this great initiative.”

A prize fund of 150,000 euros (£ 132,000) will be won from both the male and female winners, and they will be able to determine how much of that goes to tennis players who are in financial need and unable to play tournaments.

Another 50,000 euros (£ 44,000) would go towards reducing Covid-19’s social effect.

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