Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, and… Seal to play in Mario Tennis tournament

A start-studded line-up, including John McEnroe as commentator, has been assembled for a Mario Tennis event that will gift £800K to charity.

With no live sports to show many TV channels and organisations have instead opted to promote video game versions of their sports, such as the recent ePremier League tournament that used FIFA 20.

Serious tennis games aren’t nearly as common as they used to be though, so instead the Stay at Home Slam from Facebook Gaming is using Mario Tennis Aces on the Nintendo Switch and an impressively start-studded cast of contenders.

Not only have you got both Serena and Venus Williams but other tennis greats such as Maria Sharapova, Naomi Osaka, Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori, Madison Keys, and Taylor Fritz.

And just to randomise things a bit more there’s also two American football stars, TikTok favourite Addison Rae, and 90s music sensation Seal.

None of this seems to have anything to do with Nintendo themselves, and we’re curious to know whether any of these people have ever played the game before, but whoever wins gets to donate $1 million to charity of their choice, so it’s a very worthwhile endeavour whatever happens.

It’s also a doubles tournament, so that’s going to be interesting. We can’t wait to see who decides to play as Waluigi.

The tournament starts on Sunday, 3 May at 9pm BST and is one of many attempts recently by Facebook Gaming to promote itself as a rival to streaming services such as Twitch and Mixer.

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