Nadal, Murray to play tennis tournaments online
You must have read the idiom, necessity is the mother of invention. Now it seems, coronavirus is letting people become creative sitting home. While we already told you about the cancelled games and sports tournaments, cheer up because the ace tennis players are coming online for a fight.
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, John Isner, Kiki Bertens, Lucas Pouille and Fiona Ferro will be taking part in the Virtual Madrid Open later this month.
The Madrid Open was scheduled to be held from May 1-10 but has been postponed as both the ATP and WTA Tours have shut down their calendars until at least the middle of July because of the global coronavirus crisis.
However, the clay-court tournament has decided to create an e-sports replica of its event titled the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro which will take place from April 27-30.
Male and female winners will both be given a prize fund of 1,50,000 euros (almost Rs1,25,30,400) and they will get to decide how much goes to tennis players facing financial hardship without any tournaments to enter.
How it will work is that the participants will be divided into two draws in four groups.
The group winner and runner-up will then advance to the knockout stages, navigating quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.