Coronavirus: Serena Williams among stars to compete in Mario Tennis tournament

Top tennis players will partner celebrities and play as figures in the game on Nintendo Switch.

E-sports have surged in recognition because the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of live occasions.

Facebook Gaming will stream the big event. The social networking giant is creating a push into hosting on the internet.

The pairs competing include Serena Johnson and Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill, Venus Johnson and Deandre Hopkins, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki, Madison Keys and Seal, Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae.

With live sports on hold because of lockdown and social distancing needs, players and leagues have switched to on the internet in an effort to keep fans engaged.

The Premier League, F1 and also the Basketball have located e-sports competitions.

These competitions, however, have experienced professionals playing as virtual versions of themselves. In Mario Tennis Aces the athletes as well as their celebrity partners will compete as game figures.

Within the Nintendo form of the sport, players can gain energy by performing trick shots plus they may use ice rackets, covering rackets or flame rackets.

The winners from the competition will get $1m (£801,000) to give towards the charitable organization of the choice. Another competitors will be presented $25,000 each to give to charitable organization.

Facebook launched its new dedicated gaming application a week ago – sooner than expected – searching to benefit from the boost in on the internet brought on by Covid-19 lockdowns.

The application enables users to look at live gaming streams, follow other gamers and discuss games without entering Facebook’s other platforms.

Live-stream gaming is mainly covered with Twitch and Microsoft owned, Mixer. YouTube has additionally expanded its presences in gaming.

The tournament will stream on Sunday 3 May.