(Reuters) – Claycourt king Rafa Nadal suffered a fake injury, several players ‘froze’ and one match vanished into thin air as the Virtual Madrid Open made its debut on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – Princess Acapulco Stadium, Acapulco, Mexico – February 29, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Henry Romero
With professional tennis tours closed down until mid July at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic, an esports version of the claycourt event is being staged online.
Thirty two of the world’s best players have swapped their rackets for Playstation controllers, courts for sofas, to contest the four-day event designed to offer players, and fans, some action during the lockdown.
Nadal claimed he was a computer game novice during an Instagram chat with Andy Murray last week, but the Spaniard showed impressive fingerwork to beat young Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his opening…
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