Coronavirus may have stopped competitive sport for some time, but it can’t get in the way of sibling rivalry. Sunday May 3rd will see the first Mario Tennis Aces Tournament take place online as eight of the world’s top tennis pros and celebs grab their Nintendo Switch controllers and take place in an event titled the ‘Stay at Home Slam’.

Venus and Serena Williams will both be competing, along with recently-retired Maria Sharapova, Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikoria and celebrities including Hailey Bieber and Gigi Hadid – with $25,000 each donated to a charity of their choosing. The winner of the event overall will also receive an additional $1 million donation.

Organized by IMG, the Mario Tennis Aces tournament will be broadcast live on Facebook on May 3 at 4pm Eastern Time and will feature commentary by racket-smashing tennis legend John McEnroe and YouTube star iJustine.

The doubles partners scheduled to pair up to do battle in the “Mushroom Kingdom” are:

Serena Williams & Gigi Hadid

Naomi Osaka & Hailey Bieber

Venus Williams & JuJu Smith-Schuster

Maria Sharapova & Karlie Kloss

Kei Nishikori & Steve Aoki

Madison Keys & Seal

Taylor Fritz & Addison Rae

Kevin Anderson & Ryan Tannehill

For Sharapova, who retired from the sport earlier this year as a five-time Grand Slam winner, it could be one last chance to avenge a run of 19 straight defeats against American legend Serena – even if in virtual form. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

How Sancho became a star and every club’s top transfer target

Aged just 17 and yet to play a senior game, Jadon Sancho made the bold move to leave his homeland on transfer deadline day in August 2017. He joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City for a fee in the region…

Recording casts doubt on Jordan’s Isiah feud stance

For nearly 30 years, NBA legend Michael Jordan has denied he orchestrated Isiah Thomas’ exclusion from the US Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics-and he stuck to that story in the ESPN documentary The Last Dance, which aired worldwide…

Christian Pulisic to return to the UK

Chelsea have called back several stars who were overseas during the coronavirus pandemic, among whom was USMNT star Christian Pulisic. [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]  Pulisc, 21, spent the first few weeks of the lockdown in England before heading…

Valencia vs Atalanta to be played in empty stadium due to coronavirus

Valencia and Atalanta’s Champions League last-16 second leg on 10 March is set to be played in an empty stadium in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa recommended on Tuesday that sporting events in Spain with…