Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova team up with celebs for charity ‘Stay at Home Slam’
The tennis community has once again come together to raise money for charity with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori and Maria Sharapova all taking part in the Super Mario virtual tournament.
The Mario Tennis Aces tournament, organised by IMG Tennis and played on Nintendo Switch, saw stars compete from the comfort of their homes with each receiving $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
The overall tournament winner received an additional $1m that they could donate.
To give the event some extra glitz, the tennis stars partnered several celebrities while seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe and popular YouTube personality iJustine provided the commentary.
Serena teamed up with Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka partnered Hailey Bieber, Venus Williams and DeAndre Hopkins matched up, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss were team-mates, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki partnered while Madison Keys teamed up with Seal
Serena and Hadid failed to live up to the hype as they crashed out in the opening round along with the Venus-Hopkins and the Sharapova-Kloss combinations.
Osaka and Bieber, meanwhile, had to forfeit their first-round match due to model Bieber’s poor internet connection.
View this post on Instagram
The final, watched by more than 35,000 people on Facebook Gaming, saw Taylor Fritz and Tik Tok personality Addison Rae take on Nishikori and DJ Aoki.
And it was the Fritz-Rae duo who came out on top of the 6-4 scoreline. The winners decided to donate their $1 million cheque to the No Kids Hungry charity.
— Taylor Fritz (@Taylor_Fritz97) May 4, 2020
“I was more nervous there than any of my real tennis matches,” Fritz said.
Dominic Thiem manages to ‘present himself well in front of home crowd’ as he wins Vienna opener
Dominic Thiem up and running at Vienna Open.
Gilles Simon on why Roger Federer held tennis back for 20 years and why it would help if his records are broken
Gilles Simon on “The Federer Myth”.
Kiki Bertens to miss Australian Open: ‘The only way for me to play without pain again was to have surgery’
Kiki Bertens sidelined for a few months.
‘I was lucky in the first set, but stepped it up in the second set,’ says Novak Djokovic after Vienna opener
Novak Djokovic overcomes sluggish opening set.
LTA chief warns indoor tennis centres face closure if Government doesn’t assist with more funding
Restrictions having hard impact on indoor tennis centres.
Dan Evans books second-round place at Vienna Open on back of Aljaz Bedene retirement
Slovenian called time on the match after suffering injury.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 ATP No 1s by weeks: Novak Djokovic closing in on Roger Federer milestone, but who else features?
Refresh your memory of the top 10 ATP No 1s by weeks.
Tennis Today: Andy Murray eyes visit to most remote tennis court in world, Serena Williams struts her stuff
Tennis Today features Andy Murray and Serena Williams.
WATCH: Rafael Nadal swaps tennis rackets for golf clubs and finishes tied sixth at Balearic Golf Pro-Am
Rafael Nadal the golfer is quite good.
Now that his biggest dream has become a reality, Dominic Thiem is ready to achieve new goals
Dominic Thiem sets sights on new goals.