Facebook Gaming‘s “Stay a Home Slam” will see tennis athletes and celebrity superstars partner up for an online Mario Tennis Aces charity tournament. Serena Williams will team with Gigi Hadid, Venus Williams will partner with DeAndre Hopkins, and Maria Sharapova will join forces alongside Karlie Kloss.
Each team will receive $25,000 USD to donate to charity, while the winning pair will receive an additional $1 million USD to donate to any charity they wish. Tennis icon John McEnroe and YouTube personality iJustine will also commentate during the event. Lastly, there will be a live feed for gameplay as well as live-video showcasing all the talent.
The announcement proceeds several athletes from the sports world turning to online gaming during the global COVID-19 lockdown. Formula 1 racers announced an esports virtual grand Prix where racers compete through an online match in F1 2019. The NBA also hosted its very first “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” which sees 16 different NBA players compete in a single-elimination contest in NBA 2K20.
Catch the Mario Tennis Aces Tournament on Facebook Gaming Sunday, May 3 at 4pm EST.
In other gaming news, Nintendo dropped a new trailer for Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
Watch tennis legends like Venus & Serena Williams compete in Mario Tennis Aces for a $1M charity donation! pic.twitter.com/8tVZD4W3cB
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