Once again this year, the Caja Mágica commercial street hosted the final of the Virtual Mutua Madrid Open, a competition that brought together numerous gamers who showed a great interest in the tournament. With a purse of €10,000 in prizes, participation in the virtual tournament was very high and it was won by Carlos Hernández who defeated, against all expectations, winner of the last five editions Tomás Rafael Swierk.
Made possible by Orange, the Virtual Mutua Madrid Open was played on a beta version of the highly-anticipated “Tennis World Tour” videogame, the leading tennis simulator that tennis lovers have been wanting for years and which goes on sale on 22 May. Even though the competition marked the launch of the game, which was developed by Big Ben Interactive, it is important to remember that on 4 May, during the WTA Media Day, some of the best players on the planet swapped their racquet for a controller.
Like the rest of the participants, the new champion in Madrid took part in the qualifiers, played at various Orange outlets, before facing other competitors at the emblematic tennis venue. At the end of the event, Carlos stated that “it was the first time I had played for such a big prize and a venue of such stature”, also adding that “the game will undoubtedly be spectacular because we played on the beta version and we saw how good it was”.
As well as the monetary prize, Carlos will be able to enjoy two tickets to see the men’s final tomorrow and will pose for a lovely photo with the Mutua Madrid Open champion during the prize giving ceremony.