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Andy Murray signs up for virtual Madrid Open

British Number 1, Sir Andy Murray has signed up to compete in a virtual version of the Madrid Open at the end of this month.

According to BBC Sports, 32 players (16 male and 16 female) have already signed up to take part in the four-day online tournament from their homes after the main event was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The winner of the virtual competition in both categories will receive 150,000 euros each as prize money, which the winner will donate part to players struggling financially.

A further 50,000 euros will go towards reducing the social impact of COVID-19.

Andy Murray playing against a fan at the Chinese Open last year
Andy Murray playing against a fan at the Chinese Open last year (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The tournament will be hosted on the Tennis World Tour video game which Andy Murray has not been included as a playable character.

The 32-year old will have to choose fellow Briton Kyle Edmund or go back in time to play as John McEnroe or Andre Agassi.

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Another top tennis player who have signed up for the online contest is Lucas Pouille who told the official ATP website that he has been training for the virtual tournament.

Frenchman, Lucas Poullie is the second ATP player to sign up for the virtual tournament
Frenchman, Lucas Poullie is the second ATP player to sign up for the virtual tournament (Photo Credit: Drop Volley Hit)

“This is going to be a very exciting challenge.

“I’ve already started training because I want to win this tournament against my tennis peers as I know they play a lot.

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

The online contest will start on April 27 and will last till the 30th. All professional tennis tournaments have been cancelled until at least July 13 and will resume if the scourge of COVID-19 is eliminated.

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