Monday's coronavirus roundup: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray join virtual tennis tournament
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.
David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.
Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”
There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.
Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.
Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.
The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10.
Lacrosse league postponed
The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season.
The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games.
Soccer club reverses decision
Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.
The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.
The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption.