Tennis stars battle it out online


With most actual sports off limits at the moment, some athletes have taken their skills to the virtual realm. A few of the world’s top tennis pros have played each other on the Nintendo Mario Aces game.

The Stay At Home Slam took place on Sunday and paired up tennis stars with other celebrities for doubles matches, with British emeritus John McEnroe as one of the commentators.

The line-up included the Williams sisters, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori and the recently retired Maria Sharapova from Russia.

The tournament was won by US player Taylor Fritz and his doubles partner, Tik Tok personality Addison Rae, beating Japan’s Nishikori who’d been teamed up with DJ Steve Aoki.

The tournament was organised by talent management company IMG and Facebook Gaming with all the prize money going as donations to the struggle against the virus pandemic.