Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka swapped their rackets for Nintendo Change controllers and met on courtroom within the Mario Tennis Aces online game on Sunday throughout the “Keep at Dwelling Slam,” a digital charity event that includes eight star gamers and their superstar doubles companions.
Nishikori and DJ Steve Aoki squared off in opposition to Osaka and mannequin Hailey Bieber within the first spherical of the competitors streamed dwell on Fb, however the latter pair forfeited after a weak web connection halted play.
Nishikori and Aoki then gained within the subsequent spherical and superior to the ultimate, however misplaced to Taylor Fritz and on-line persona Addison Rae. Every participant acquired a $25,000 donation to the charity of their selection, whereas the winners earned an additional $1 million donation to go towards the combat in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic.
Serena and Venus Williams, and the lately retired Maria Sharapova, additionally took a flip within the occasion, with seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe offering commentary.
Nishikori, who’s recovering from elbow surgical procedure, mentioned the digital pro-am “was a variety of enjoyable.” The 30-year-old additionally took half in final week’s Madrid Open Digital Professional, a online game model of the clay-court event.