Madrid – For a good cause, three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber will compete in tennis at the game console. The 32-year-old from Kiel will take part in the virtual Madrid Open from April 27th to 30th like the British Andy Murray.
It is “a new challenge for us players and something I have never done before,” said Kerber, according to the organizers. “It’s exciting, and a great way to compete in a new format from home.” Frenchman Lucas Pouille and Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro are also participating.
The winners will each receive 150,000 euros. The money is to be donated to tennis professionals who are in financial need due to the coronavirus crisis. Besides, 50,000 euros will be donated for social purposes.
The clay-court tournament in Madrid is one of the numerous tennis events that has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis. Due to the pandemic, the tennis tour will pause at least until July 13th.