Tennis stars Serena, Sharapova join Mario Tennis online event


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Dec 11, 2018
Maria Sharapova is coming out of retirement to play. Serena Williams is embarking on another Grand Slam quest. Kevin Anderson, the 2018 Wimbledon finalist, is about to discover what it's like to play doubles with an NFL quarterback.

Those athletes and others will take part in the "Stay at Home Slam" on Sunday. The event will feature top tennis players teamed with celebrities playing Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch. The virtual event will be streamed to a live audience.

It's another attempt to keep tennis in the public eye at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has shut down the professional game until at least July 13.

Williams is playing with supermodel Gigi Hadid while, among others, Naomi Osaka partners with Hailey Bieber, Sharapova teams with Karlie Kloss, Kei Nishikori joins Steve Aoki, and Kevin 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.


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