Tennis for a good cause

Stay at Home Slam charity tournament in Mario Tennis Aces begins Sunday

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Stars gather money for a good cause in the "Stay at Home Slam" tournament in Mario Tennis Aces. (Image credit: Nintendo)

What do the Williams sisters Serena and Venus, NFL star DeAndre Hopkins and DJ Steve Aoki have in common? Not much at first glance, but they'll all be competing in the "Stay at Home Slam" charity tournament in Mario Tennis Aces next Sunday.

On May 3rd, the Williams sisters will be thrashing the yellow felt ball over the net together with some other tennis pros, stars and starlets. Virtually of course. Facebook Gaming and the talent agency IMG Tennis invite you to the "Stay at Home Slam" charity tournament. Mario Tennis - certainly one of the more unusual Esports titles.

Mixed doubles for a good cause: the Stay Home Slam

A total of 16 familiar faces will enter the court on Sunday in Mario Tennis Aces on Nintendo Switch to raise money for a good cause. The event will be broadcasted on May 3 at 10:00 CET.

The Stay at Home Slam will be broadcast live on the Facebook Gaming page. The tournament will be commented by hotheaded tennis legend John McEnroe and Justine Ezarik - better known on YouTube as iJustine.

The following teams will be competing

  • 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

All participants play from home. Each player receives $25,000, which he or she donates to a charity of their choice. The winner receives an additional $1 million to donate. In total, a whopping $1.4 million will be raised.

Director of Global Games Partnerships at Facebook, Leo Olebe, commented:

The superpower of video games has always been to bring people together, and now more than ever. Combining this superpower with professional gamers and stars to raise money for COVID-19 help and research is a perfect fit, and we're proud to be a part of it.

He's definitely right. If you're looking for more news and articles from the world of video games and esports you can always find them on EarlyGame.

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