Mario Tennis Aces Tournament Brings Maria Sharapova Out of Retirement

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Mario Tennis Aces Tournament Brings Maria Sharapova Out of Retirement

April 30, 2020

By: Robert N. Adams


Mario Tennis Aces tournament is taking place this weekend as part of the many "Stay At Home" gaming events that are going on right now. What's particularly interesting about this one is who's playing — it includes tennis stars Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, and Kevin Anderson. It's even bringing Maria Sharapova out of retirement.

ESPN has more details on this upcoming "Stay At Home Slam." It looks like this event will be done in the doubles format with each team having one professional tennis star and one celebrity. Here are some of the teams that have been announced thus far:

  • Serena Williams & supermodel Gigi Hadid
  • Naomi Osaka & TV personality H Hailey Bieber
  • Maria Sharapova & model Karlie Kloss
  • Kei Nishikori & DJ/producer Steve Aoki
  • Kevin Anderson & Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill

All of the competitors will be receiving $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. They'll ultimately be competing for a massive $1 million that they can add on to their charity donation. Each participant will be broadcasting their game screen as well as a facecam stream from their respective homes.

If you're a longtime tennis fan, you may be thinking what I'm thinking: man, I would give my left arm to see John McEnroe play in this Mario Tennis Aces tournament. While Mr. McEnroe won't be playing, he will be providing commentary alongside YouTube Justine Ezarik.


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When and Where Can I Watch the Mario Tennis Aces Tournament?

Now that we know all about this tournament, when and where can you watch it?

You'll be able to see the Stay at Home Slam on IMG Tennis' Facebook page and on Facebook Gaming. The tournament will be on Sunday, May 3, 2020, although a specific time has not yet been announced.

Read more about how the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is affecting the gaming world at our Coronavirus Gaming Convention Cancellations and Game Delays Hub.

What do you think of the Mario Tennis Aces Stay At Home Slam? Who do you think will be crowned the winner? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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