Facebook Gaming organizes the tournament Mario Tennis with Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova


The best tennis players, including Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and (known Supervision fan) Naomi Osaka will compete in a live broadcast Mario Tennis Aces double tournament this weekend, The players will be paired with other celebrities and athletes, including Karlie Kloss, Steve Aoki and Gigi Hadid, in a tournament which aims to offer a fun alternative to professional sports that have been lost due to the pandemic. The tournament is called “Stay at Home Slam,” and are broadcast in Facebook Gaming.

With the closure of the sports professionals all over the world, tournaments of electronic sports have become a replacement common to the viewers and the networks. If that means professional games in many cases, it also increasingly means to see how the professional athletes can be managed in a digital field. The NBA, the MLS and the Premier League have had players that participate in tournaments for their respective sports.

The difference with the tennis tournament this weekend is: those other games are usually sports titles simulated with license as FIFA and NBA 2K. In this tournament, the participants will play as Mario characters and deal with rackets in flames and shots of trick that allow players to bounce, slide and teleport to the ball.

There is a $ 1 million prize that will be donated to a charity chosen by the winner. The full line-up of players includes:

Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid

Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber

Venus Williams and Deandre Hopkins

Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss

Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki

Madison Keys & Seal

Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae

Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill

The tournament will be broadcast on Facebook Gaming starting on Sunday 3 may at 4 p. m. ET. Facebook has been developing its functions during the pandemic, as more and more attempts to face to Twitch and Mixer. Launched an application of games dedicated last week, and launched a function of tournaments at the beginning of the month.