Why Many Players Are Cheering Andy Murray's Madrid Victory...
Scot donates all prize money to United Kingdom's National Health Service & Tennis Player Relief Fund
After lifting the Mutua Madrid Open title on hard courts in 2008 and clay in 2015, Andy Murray completed a successful transition to PlayStation with a 7-6(5) victory against David Goffin to capture the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro title on Thursday.
Both men entered the contest with unbeaten records, but former World No. 1 Murray fired a cross-court forehand winner to end an epic contest after 33 minutes. The 46-time tour-level titlist rose to his feet and held his hands to his head in celebration as Goffin covered his eyes.
“We raised a lot of money for some good causes,” said Murray. “It was nice, personally, to spend a little bit of time chatting to some of the players. [It is] something that I have missed during this period and something that I have been used to for the past 12, 14 years of my life… It was something I have never done before. Thanks to everyone who put the event on.”
After the final, Murray announced that his €45,000 prize money will be split equally between the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) and the Player Relief Programme. Additionally, the tournament donated €50,000 to Madrid's Food Bank.
“He had a few more options, but my serve was probably the biggest difference,” said Murray. “I came up with some big serves.”
Goffin was attempting to win his second tie-break of the day, after booking his place in the championship match with a 7-6(6) semi-final triumph against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Later in the day, Tsitsipas overcame Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias 6-3 to win the Charity Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.
“It was fun. At the end, it was a great final,” said Goffin. “Andy was playing so good, so he deserved [to win] the final.”
“I just want to thank you for playing and proving my prediction that you were going to be the winner,” said Lopez.
During the post-match trophy ceremony, Murray made a commitment to Lopez for the 2021 edition of the tournament, where he plans to collect his trophy and deliver a speech in Spanish.
”I am going to practise [my Spanish]. There is no excuse for me during this period where I have got a lot of time at home and not much else happening in my life to not try and learn a little bit more Spanish, so that I am confident enough to speak publicly in the language,” said Murray.
“Next year, when I come to the tournament and I get presented with the trophy, I will do my speech in Spanish. That’s the commitment I am going to make.”
Editor's Note: This story was updated 1 May, 11am ET, to correct an earlier version that said Murray earned and donated €150,000 for winning the tournament. €150,000 was the total pursue shared by all competing men's players. In news not previously reported, Murray gave his €15,000 prize money for beating Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals to the Argentine because there were connectivity issues during their match.