German sensation Alexander Zverev joins Rafael Nadal as virtual tennis player for Madrid Open


World no.7 Alexander Zverev was the winner of Madrid Open back in 2018

‘Next Gen star’ Alexander Zverev joins World No.2 Rafael Nadal in the list of players who will compete at the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.

With the ATP suspending all games at least until July 13 due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Madrid Open authorities had earlier opted to conduct this year’s tournament in a new way.

The players will be seen competing against each other virtually in the Masters’ event from their respective homes from April 27 to 30.


Rafael Nadal was one of the biggest names, who had a few days back announced his participation in the virtual event. He will now be joined by young German sensation Zverev, who was the winner of the Matua Madrid Open back in 2018.

It is great to be part of this innovative initiative with the Mutua Madrid Open,” said Zverev. “I think this is a great opportunity to unite the tennis world during this time. We hope to entertain tennis fans from home. I cross my fingers to have a good picture!”.

The Madrid Masters tournament will now be held virtually as the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro from April 27 to 30.
The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro is from April 27 to 30. (Image credits: ATP)

Considered as one of the next big stars in tennis, 22-year-old Zverev is currently seventh in the ATP rankings and has 11 titles to his name.

Elina Svitolina and Diego Schwartzman also join the list

Nadal and Zverev will also be accompanied by Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina. Argentine Diego Schwartzman and a few others will also participate in the Madrid Open.  The total tally of players to is up to 20 now.

“I am really excited about the initiative of the Mutua Madrid Open,” said World No.5 Svitolina. “We cannot compete on the track, but we are going to challenge ourselves on the net. Without a doubt, they will all fight for the title… and I will too!”

World No.5 Ukrainian Elina Svitolina is the other big name to join the Madrid Open Virtual Pro tournament recently.
World No.5 Ukrainian Elina Svitolina is the other big name to join the Madrid Open Virtual Pro tournament recently.(Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Schwartzman admitted his keen interest to take part by saying,

“I really want to play. I usually play video games. And I hope to be ready to do well in the tournament, with which we hope to help all those affected by the current situation.”

Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Karen Khachanov, John Isner, Lucas Pouille, Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, Kristina Mladenovic, Carla Suárez, Victoria Azarenka, Johanna Konta, Fiona Ferro and Eugenie Bouchard are the other names included in the list.

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