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Serena & Venus Williams Are Playing In A Mario Tennis Tournament

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NBA players playing an NBA games, NASCAR drivers racing in NASCAR racing, it’s boring! We don’t want to see folks playing as themselves in lesser versions of the real thing, we want to see some of the world’s finest athletes pick up a controller and play Mario Tennis.

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That’s what this upcoming tournament, a joint venture between Facebook and tennis management company IMG, is doing anyway. While current stars like the Williams sisters, Naomi Osaka and Madison Keys are taking part, there will also be other people involved as well, from former players like Maria Sharapova to Titans QB Ryan Tannehill to...Seal.

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Illustration for article titled Serena  Venus Williams Are Playing In A iMario Tennis/i Tournament

It’s a doubles tournament, so the roster makes for some interesting pairings. Sharapova is playing with Karlie Kloss, for example, while Serena is playing alongside model Gigi Hadid.

Mario, reportedly, will be playing alongside Luigi.

It’ll be broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday at 1pm PT/4pm ET.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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conker1985
Conker1985

I absolutely hated this game. The music was terrible, the adventure mode was an obnoxious grind to unlock better characters, and online felt incredibly unbalanced.

I wish Nintendo would green light another Strikers title from Next Level Games.