Andy Murray bounces back to win his first tournament since 2019 that too sitting on a sofa
Scot beat David Goffin to claim the Virtual Madrid Open while Kiki Bertens wins women’s title
The first electronic tennis tournament of the lockdown era saw Murray living up to his reputation as a gaming fiend with a 7-6 win over David Goffin in the final of the Virtual Madrid Open.
The virtual competition replaced the postponed Madrid Open, which the Scot has won twice.
Two-time Wimbledon champ Murray, 32, said on Instagram: “I’ll be donating half of the $45,000 prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund.”
Murray received a walkover in the semis as opponent Diego Schwartzman had a ‘connection issue’.
The charity initiative will donate £43,600 to the Madrid Food Bank helping those hit hard by Covid-19.
More esport simulations are on their way – including a Mario Tennis tournament on the Nintendo Switch, involving both Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, which will be live-streamed on Sunday.
But in the meantime, Murray has proved himself to be the king of the PlayStation 4 – an honour which he probably didn’t expect to claim eight weeks ago as he built up his fitness with a view to a more orthodox return at the Miami Open.