The Madrid Masters organizers have announced their plans to stage the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro from April 27-30. ATP and WTA players who sign up to play online event staged by the Madrid Masters will clash in the Manolo Santana Stadium, recreated in exquisite detail in the Tennis World Tour video game.
"Since we announced that the Mutua Madrid Open would not take place on the dates planned, we have been working on ideas for bringing tennis to the fans”, Madrid Masters Tournament Director Feliciano Lopez said in a released statement.
“The birth of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro highlights the tournament’s technological, youthful and innovative side, which has been one of its hallmarks since it began in 2009 and it is fitting for the current circumstances.
We have organised a tournament for the professional players that is as true to the conventional Mutua Madrid Open as possible, without them having to leave their homes. And its goal is not just to entertain; we want to do our bit during this period, which is so difficult for everyone."
Each of the two draws will have 16 players and participants will be initially divided into four groups. The two top-ranked players from each group will progress into the quarterfinal and from there the tournament will be played as a knock out.
"The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will take place over four days, from 27 to 30 April, in a show of solidarity to raise money and help the tennis players most in need during this time, all those that have no income to help them through these months of inactivity, and those affected by Covid-19," the tournament said.
"To do so, the tournament will include a purse of 150,000 euros in both draws (ATP and WTA), from which the winners will be able to decide on how much they donate to the tennis players currently suffering economically, and an additional 50,000 euros that will all go towards reducing the social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic."