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Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka will play in a celebrity Mario Tennis tournament on Facebook

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High tennis gamers together with Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and (known Overwatch fan) Naomi Osaka will compete in a live-streamed Mario Tennis Aces doubles event this weekend. The gamers shall be paired with different celebrities and athletes, together with Karlie Kloss, Steve Aoki, and Gigi Hadid, in a event that’s meant to supply a enjoyable different to the professional sports activities which have gone lacking because of the pandemic. The event is being referred to as the “Keep at Dwelling Slam,” and it’ll stream on Fb Gaming.

With skilled sports activities shut down throughout the globe, esports tournaments have turn into a typical substitute for viewers and networks. Whereas that’s meant professional gaming in lots of circumstances, it’s additionally more and more meant seeing how skilled athletes can deal with themselves on a digital discipline. The NBA, MLS, and Premier League have all had gamers take part in tournaments for his or her respective sports activities.

The distinction with this weekend’s tennis event is: these different matches are often on licensed, simulated sports activities titles like FIFA and NBA 2K. On this event, contributors shall be taking part in as Mario characters and coping with flaming rackets and trick pictures that allow gamers bounce, slide, and teleport to the ball.

There’s a $1 million prize that shall be donated to a charity of the winner’s selecting. The total lineup of gamers consists of:

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

The event will stream on Fb Gaming beginning Sunday, Might third at 4PM ET. Fb has been constructing out its gaming options in the course of the pandemic because it more and more tries to tackle Twitch and Mixer. It launched a devoted gaming app final week, and it launched a tournaments characteristic earlier within the month.

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