‘Where’s my player going ?!’ – Virtual Madrid provides entertainment to Murray during the Open

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Retrieved 28 April 2020, 04:54 IST

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray

Andy Moore’s commentary on the match was a highlight on the first day of the Madrid Open Virtual Pro, when Rafael Nadal started a win.

The Madrid Open was supposed to take place in the Spanish capital in May, but the coronavirus epidemic forced the postponement of the clay-court tournament.

However, as 16 ATP and 16 WTA Tour players switched rackets to PlayStation 4 controllers this week, tennis was suspended until at least mid-July.

The Virtual Madrid Open kicks off on Monday, with world number one former and three-time Grand Slam champion Murray providing plenty of entertainment.

Murray won the first match of his group stage, losing to French Benoit Pair in an eventful clash.

“Where’s my player going? Where are you going ?!” Murray said during the match.

“Ah, go there! Go there! … my hands are sweating.”

Nadal also won the second opener, beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada 4-3. [4-3].

Nadal’s video-game performance was revealed after Dadis Cup teammate and director of the Madrid Open Virtual Pro tournament, Feliciano Lopez, joked that the 19-time major winner had asked him to postpone his first match.

Lopez later tweeted: “Friends, I must have been joking … I said Rafa had a back injury from the pressure of playing on PS4. We may need to feel a little please!”

Elsewhere, Diego Schwartzman has claimed back-to-back victories in Group 2, beating David Ferrer and John Isner, while Stefanos Sisipus has secured his place in the quarterfinals with victories over Kei Nishikori and Fabio Fagnini.

In the women’s competition, Caroline Wozniacki, who retired from the WTA Tour after the Australian Open, topped her Group 3 match and Sorana Sirastia in the second group.