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.
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Going to get ‘virtually’ legless celebrating my win online @mutuamadridopen Hope anyone who watched got some sort of enjoyment out of it in these tough times. I’ll be donating half of the 45 thousand dollars prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund. #tennis #castore #nhs #stayhome
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: TalkSport.com Tennis