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26.04.2020 - 21:40 Uhr

The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro begins Monday, and you can now find out when your favourite players are competing.Rafael Nadal, a five-time Madrid champion, will begin his virtual campaign against Canadian Denis Shapovalov not before 3:30pm Madrid time. That will be Nadal's only official match on the first day of action, but the Spaniard will also play YouTube star DjMariio in a charity match not before 4pm.Former World No. 1 Andy Murray, who joins Nadal in Group 1, will play Frenchman Benoit Paire following Nadal's match against DjMariio.Matches will take place from 3pm local time, when Diego Schwartzman faces former World No. 3 David Ferrer, until 930pm, when Frances Tiafoe ends the day with a charity match against footballer Borja Iglesias.This pioneering charity initiative will donate a total of €50,000 to the Madrid Food Bank to help reduce the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the tournament will include a total purse of €300,000 in the two competitions (€150,000 ATP and €150,000 WTA), from which the winners will be able to decide how much they donate to their peers on Tour who are currently suffering economically. They will all be competing in a Manolo Santana Stadium that has been recreated in exquisite detail in the video game Tennis World Tour (Nacon Gaming), and hoping to win the spoils with their PS4 controllers. This tournament will be played from 27-30 April, with the round-robin qualifying groups taking place on 27 and 28 April. The top two players in each group will advance to a knockout quarter-final draw.Full Monday Order Of Play: Time Match 3pm Diego Schwartzman vs. David Ferrer Followed by Carla Suarez vs. Belinda Bencic NB 3:30pm Rafael Nadal vs. Denis Shapovalov Followed by Karolina Pliskova vs. Fiona Ferro NB 4pm Rafael Nadal vs. DjMariio (Charity) Followed by Benoit Paire vs. Andy Murray NB 430pm Johanna Konta vs. Sorana Cirstea Followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Fabio Fognini NB 5pm Angelique Kerber vs. Donna Vekic Followed by David Goffin vs. Lucas Pouille NB 530pm Elena Svitolina vs. Sorana Cirstea Followed by Fabio Fognini vs. Frances Tiafoe NB 6pm Kiki Bertens vs. Angelique Kerber Followed by Alexander Zverev vs. Lucas Pouille NB 630pm Donna Vekic vs. Eugenie Bouchard Followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Kei Nishikori NB 7pm Kristina Mladenovic vs. Caroline Wozniacki Followed by Alexander Zverev vs. Karen Khachanov NB 730pm Victoria Azarenka vs. Johanna Konta Followed by Dominic Thiem vs. John Isner NB 8pm Kiki Bertens vs. Eugenie Bouchard Followed by Kei Nishikori vs. Frances Tiafoe NB 830pm Bianca Andreescu vs. Caroline Wozniacki Followed by Diego Schwartzman vs. John Isner NB 9pm Bianca Andreescu vs. Madison Keys NB 930pm Borja Iglesias vs. Frances Tiafoe (Charity)

23.04.2020 - 16:41 Uhr

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov are the final two participants in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro, the innovative tournament in which the best tennis players in the world will square off from their homes from 27 to 30 April in a Manolo Santana Stadium that has been recreated in exquisite detail in the Tennis World Tour video game (Nacon Gaming).Tsitsipas and Shapovalov join Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, David Goffin, Kei Nishikori, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Karen Khachanov, John Isner, Lucas Pouille, David Ferrer and Frances Tiafoe to complete the entry list for the tournament.Tsitsipas, a finalist at the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Djokovic), currently occupies the No. 6 spot in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The Greek player, who captured his second straight Open 13 Provence title in Marseille this year, has become one of the biggest stars on the ATP Tour at just 21 years of age. At the end of last season, Tsitsipas won the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London to claim the biggest title of his career.“Happy to prove my parents wrong back in the day when they used to tell me playing video games would bring me nowhere in my life,” said Tsitsipas. "It’s great being part of the first virtual online tennis tournament with actual professional tennis players.”[TENNIS AT HOME]Shapovalov is also looking forward to testing his skills at the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro. The Canadian, ranked No. 16 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, reached the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals on his tournament debut in 2018."I like this original idea very much and I am excited to be part of it", said Shapovalov. "I will start practising and get back into competition mode to be performing well. Watch me perform.”Like the other players in this pioneering online charity competition, Tsitsipas and Shapovalov will both have the chance to help the tennis players most in need at this time, those that have no income to help them through these months of inactivity and those affected by COVID-19. In addition, the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will be sponsored by Orange. For the past two years, thanks to Orange, the tournament has run the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual, with six qualifying heats (where Tennis World Tour was played in various Orange stores around Spain) and a final stage in the Caja Magica, during the week of the Mutua Madrid Open.For the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro, Orange was quick to join the initiative and lend its support to the first virtual tennis event to be played by professional tennis players. Once again, with the sponsorship of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro, Orange has demonstrated its commitment to e-sports and also its interest in tennis, which it shares with the Orange Group (a regular supplier at Roland Garros). Its commitment to the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will bolster the growth of electronic sports in Spain, where they are currently booming.[ATP APP]The tournament will include a purse of €150,000 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 €50,000 that will all go towards reducing the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The format for the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro will be as follows: 16 singles players in each of the two draws (ATP and WTA) initially divided into four groups. The groups will decide which players qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament. In addition, in parallel with the official competition, there will be a series of benefit matches that will see some of the biggest content creators in the gaming world take on the professional tennis players to raise funds to help those affected by COVID-19.In the WTA draw, Donna Vekic and Caroline Wozniacki will feature alongside Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu, Belinda Bencic, Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, Kristina Mladenovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Victoria Azarenka, Johanna Konta, Fiona Ferro, Eugenie Bouchard and Sorana Cirstea.Fans will be able to follow the tournament online, on television and on the Mutua Madrid Open's social media with spectacular production that will include commentary on all matches, as well as analysis and highlights programmes and interviews with the winners after each match.

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