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Sunday saw the first Grand Slam since the tour shutdown take place—online, of course. Participants teamed up to compete in Mario Tennis on Nintendo Switch, with John McEnroe and YouTube personality iJustine providing commentary. 

The eight star-studded teams for the Stay at Home Slam included Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber, Venus Williams and DeAndre Hopkins, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss, Madison Keys and Seal, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki, Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae and Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehil.

Osaka and Bieber had to retire due to connection issues, while the much-hyped Serena and Hadid tandem lost in the first round (as did Venus and Hopkins, and Sharapova and Kloss). 

“I’m going to have to hang up my controller,” Anderson said, after his semifinal loss to Nishikori and Aoki. “That was too good for us. I’ll guess we’ll have to train harder and come back next year."

The matches were ultra competitive, especially as the one-day, winner-takes-all tournament progressed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The final came down to Fritz and Rae against Nishikori and Aoki. Fritz and Rae took home the title by a 6-4 margin, and got to donate $1 million to No Kid Hungry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I play a lot of video games and recently got back into it because there’s been a lot of virtual athlete tournaments,” Fritz said, ahead of the event. "I’ve never played Mario Tennis, but I want to win this really bad."

Fritz had a slight edge against the competition thanks to his passion for video games; he owns a professional gaming chair and is an esports investor. 

“I was more nervous there than in any of my real matches,” Fritz said. “This was so much fun. Addison absolutely carried the team.”


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