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Watch: Bencic's Living Room Walk On


Belinda Bencic showed a sense of humor—and purpose—in her virtual tennis debut.

Clad in her Nike match apparel, the Swiss recreated her real walk on—complete with Yonex racquet bag, announcer introduction and wave to “the crowd”— prior to playing her opening-round match of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro tournament.

Adhering to her pre-match preparation paid off as Bencic beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 3-1, empowered by shots like these:

Photo credit: Mark Peterson/Corleve

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