Tennis superstars like Serena and Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori will take part in the famous Mario Tennis Aces tournament on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, man. But wait, wait! There’s more to it! Top tennis players will partner celebrities and play as characters from the game on Nintendo Switch for the Mario Tennis Tournament.
The Participation List Is As Follows:
- 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
As Shown Above, Williams plays with the supermodel Gigi Hadid while, among others, Naomi Osaka partners with model and TV personality Hailey Bieber, Sharapova teams with model Karlie Kloss, Kei Nishikori joins DJ and producer Steve Aoki, and Anderson partners with Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The competitors will play the game in their homes, all for the same $25,000 sum that they will then donate to the charity of their choice. The winning team will receive an additional $1 million to donate.
“Gaming’s superpower has always been bringing people together, and right now that’s the case more than ever,” said Leo Olebe, global director of games partnerships for Facebook Gaming. “Blending that superpower with pro athletes and epic entertainment to raise money for COVID-19 relief and research efforts is a natural fit that we’re proud to be a part of.”