Tennis Star Andy Murray has announced the donation of his virtual Mutua Madrid Open prize money evenly between the NHS and the tennis player relief fund amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Tennis Star Andy Murray beat David Goffin in the final of the online tournament after coming through a bizarre semi-final against Diego Schwarzman, who surrendered his place despite winning the match after a series of technical issues. While the tennis tour remains suspended indefinitely, the tournament was set up as a charity initiative, with €50,000 (£43,600) donated to the Madrid Food Bank to assist in the battle against coronavirus.
On the win, Murray said: “Of all the matches I played, that felt like a proper match, we were a similar level. “It was good. I enjoyed it, there’s not much we can do just now, we spend most of the days indoors and can’t get out much so it was a fun thing to do.”
Andy Murray given the option to decide how much of his prize funds will go to charity – subsequently took to Instagram to reveal exactly what he will be donating.
“Going to get ‘virtually’ legless celebrating my win online Mutua Madrid Open,” Murray said. “Hope anyone who watched got some sort of enjoyment out of it in these tough times. “I’ll be donating half of the $45,000 prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund.”