"Stay at Home" tournament to Stream Live on Facebook Gaming
1 May 2020
Eight of IMG’s top tennis clients including Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori and the Williams sisters are set to compete alongside other celebrities in a live virtual tennis tournament on May 3. The “Stay at Home Slam”, which will be played on the Mario Tennis Aces game on Nintendo Switch will be streamed live exclusively on Facebook via Facebook Gaming and IMG’s tennis Facebook page.
The charity tournament, commentated by tennis legend John McEnroe and YouTube personality Justine Ezarik aka ‘iJustine’, will feature eight teams: Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber, Venus Williams and DeAndre Hopkins, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki, Madison Keys and Seal, Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae and last but not least Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill. Each pair will receive $25,000 donated to the charity of their choice, with the winner of the tournament receiving an additional $1 million in donation.
Competitors will play the charity tournament on Mario Tennis Aces from their homes, which is made possible by various divisions across Endeavor, including IMG’s tennis clients, events and esports teams, WME’s talent clients and digital groups, as well as Endeavor Content’s Film 45, which will produce the tournament stream. “I am proud our IMG tennis clients came together so quickly to support a multitude of great causes,” said Max Eisenbud, SVP of tennis clients at IMG. “It is a testament to the people we work with across all our divisions that we were able to bring this to life in such a short amount of time.”
“Gaming’s superpower has always been bringing people together, and right now that’s the case more than ever,” said Leo Olebe, Global Director, Games Partnerships for Facebook Gaming. “Blending that superpower with pro athletes and epic entertainment to raise money for COVID-19 relief and research efforts is a natural fit that we’re proud to be a part of.”