The entire tennis world had to stop because of the Coronavirus pandemic and this is creating havoc especially among the lower-ranked players. The sport is particularly rich, but the money generated is channeled too much to the top players and the tournaments. This means that lower-ranked players, usually the ones outside the top100, may struggle already in normal conditions. With the pro-tennis stopped, these players are having a real rough time from a financial point of view.
Nadal, Tsitsipas, Murray trying to help
The ATP (males) and WTA (females) tours have been stopped at least until the 13th of July. However, with all tournaments postponed or canceled, creativity had to kick in. The prestigious Mutua Madrid Open was among the casualty, but the organization had the brilliant idea to organize a virtual competition with 32 top players fighting for the (virtual) title.
Feliciano Lopez, the tournament director, managed to attract big names such as Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andy Murray and the winner will get 150,000 euro. The champion is widely expected to devolve part of the entire sum to help lower-ranked players.
In addition, the tournament will pledge €50,000 to the Madrid Food Bank.
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