Andy Murray vows to get ‘virtually legless’ and donates winnings to the NHS after winning Madrid Open Virtual Pro

Andy Murray is a lockdown champion after edging out Belgium’s David Goffin in the final of the inaugural Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.

The Scotsman overcame Goffin on a tiebreak 7-6 on PlayStation game Tennis World Tour in a competition arranged to replace the postponed Madrid Open, which the 32-year-old has won twice in his career.

Murray will be donating half of his £35,000 prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund, while the charity initiative will donate £43,600 to the Madrid Food Bank to help reduce the social impact of COVID-19.

Posing next to a big bottle of champagne, Murray vowed to get ‘virtually legless’ to celebrate his victory.

“Going to get ‘virtually’ legless celebrating my win online @mutuamadridopen,” he said.

“Hope anyone who watched got some sort of enjoyment out of it in these tough times.”

Former world number one Murray was gifted a route into the showpiece following some bizarre technical glitches in his semi-final against Diego Schwartzman on Thursday afternoon.

The Argentinian unfathomably kept being awarded points, a situation which led Murray to say: “This is madness.”

Schwartzman won a tiebreak – despite the last point being a winner from Murray – but the South American graciously stepped aside.

A tournament statement said: “Due to technical problems with @dieschwartzman’s connection that prevented him from competing normally in his semi-final match, the players have agreed that @andy_murray should progress to the #MMOPEN Virtual Pro final.”

Source: Tennis