Madrid Open Reigning Kiki Bertens is started preparation for the first Virtual tennis tournament. A Charity Event will be hosted from their homes from 27th to 30th April 2020. The players will compete on PlayStation 4 with Joystick instead of court and racket. The tournament has been included Prize money of 150,000 euros in both men and women draws.
The event Champions 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.
Kiki Bertens is playing for the first time
Defending Champion KiKi Bertens said to AD.nl news: “I like that there is an alternative to the Madrid tennis tournament, I love games, so this is a nice challenge. I’ve never played on a Playstation before, so that will take some practice, but now I have enough time for that.
I also find it fantastic that the organization donates money for the fight against corona and that we as players can also contribute.
Although, St, Petersburg title winner has taken the controllers to combat with other event participants. Furthermore, Kiki shared a glimpse of the preparation moments with a quote “ I hope my opponents will be ready.”
The pioneering tournament rules
The format for the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will be as follows: 16 singles players in each of two draws (ATP and WTA) initially divided into four groups. The champion of each group will progress to the quarter-finals, which will also include the runner-up of each group. From there (quarter-finals, semi-finals and final) the tournament will be played as a knock-out.
WTA Participants: Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, Kristina Mladenovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Victoria Azarenka, Fiona Ferro, Eugenie Bouchard and the remaining participants will be announced by the Mutua Madrid Open Organizers