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Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka play against each other in a virtual tennis tournament

A group of select tennis players including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will compete this weekend in the “Stay at Home Slam”. That is a virtual tennis tournament that will be broadcast live via Facebook Gaming, the new gaming platform of the social media company.

Due to the corona crisis, professional sports competitions from all over the world are being discontinued. To provide sports fans with a nice alternative, there are therefore quite a few esportstournaments organized. The “Stay at Home Slam” is the latest example of this.

For the occasion, top tennis players compete against each other in the game Mario Tennis Aces. Because the “Stay at Home Slam” is a double tournament, every professional player will be joined by a celebrity. Top model Gigi Hadid plays tennis with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is joined by Hailey Bieber. The complete list of participants is as follows.

  • Serena Williams & Gigi Hadid
  • Naomi Osaka and 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

Facebook Gaming

At the beginning of this month, Facebook launched the gaming platform Facebook Gaming. Normally it would not take that step until June, but due to the current corona crisis, the company brought that date forward. Facebook seems to be fully competing with other streaming services such as Twitch, which broadcasts games on a large scale.

The Stay at Home Slam is not the first event to appear on Facebook Gaming. Previously, the social media platform organized esports tournaments for games like Fortnite, Rocket League and FIFA 20. Even then professional athletes competed for the victory.

The virtual Mario Tennis AcesTournament will take place on Sunday May 3 at 4 pm. Then no less than $ 1 million is at stake. That money will be donated to the charity of the winners.

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