More and more sports pros are taking to the virtual world to get their fix during the global lockdown, and the next game of the moment is none other than Mario Tennis Aces. In what’s set to be one of the most fun gaming tournaments of the year, tennis stars including the likes of Serena and Venus Williams will be taking on celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Seal.
Known as the “Stay at Home Slam,” the event will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET over on Facebook Gaming’s own page and the IMG tennis page [via Polygon] and it’s sure to be a LOT of fun. Best of all, it’s all in the name of charity!
Each participant will get $25,000 USD to donate to a charity of their choosing, with the overall winner getting a whopping $1 million USD to donate on top!
The full list of players is as follows:
- Serena Williams & Gigi Hadid
- Naomi Osaka & Hailey Bieber
- Venus Williams & DeAndre Hopkins
- Maria Sharapova & Karlie Kloss
- Kei Nishikori & Steve Aoki
- Madison Keys & Seal
- Taylor Fritz & Addison Rae
- Kevin Anderson & Ryan Tannehill
“Gaming’s superpower has always been bringing people together, and right now that’s the case more than ever,” said Leo Olebe, global director of games partnerships for Facebook Gaming.
“Blending that superpower with pro athletes and epic entertainment to raise money for COVID-19 relief and research efforts is a natural fit that we’re proud to be a part of.”
Each of the players will be taking part from the safety of their own homes during lockdown, but that doesn’t mean this is going to be anything other than the ultimate tennis showdown!
Tune into the Stay at Home Slam via Facebook Gaming on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. ET..
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