Gigi Hadid Hurts Herself While Practicing for Doubles with Serena Williams

Published 05/01/2020, 2:52 AM EDT


Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid are set to join hands for a virtual celebrity tennis charity event this weekend. The pair will compete against other celebrity pairs in the Mario Tennis Aces doubles tournament on Nintendo Switch, which will be streamed live on Facebook gaming.

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Gigi and Serena are good friends and hence the former doesn’t want to disappoint her friend in the tennis tournament. Consequently, the American model revealed that she is training very hard in order to be as competitive as Williams. However, Gigi revealed that she hurt her arm while training to play the game on swing mode.

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“Serena Williams I am all for this” – Gigi Hadid

“I am gonna play a Mario tennis charity tournament and my doubles partner is Serena Williams, who is such a great friend and I am her biggest fan. I watched her play so much as a fan and we’re gonna play doubles together. We are really excited and I am practicing a lot because if anyone’s more competitive than me, its Serena,” Gigi said in her conversation with Jimmy Fallon.

“I cannot lose our friendship over like something,” she joked. “So I was texting her – ‘I am starting’ and the first night I didn’t know if we are playing the controller version or swing mode, where we actually swing the thing.”

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“We’re playing controller version. But the first night I played, I practiced on swing mode and fully pulled my entire arm. I was training so hard. I was like ‘Serena I am all for this’. The next day, I couldn’t lift my arm, I couldn’t do anything,” she added.

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The tournament will commence at 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 3. Each participant will receive a $25,000 donation to a charity of choice. Moreover, the winner of the tournament will receive an additional $1 million donation to their charity. It will be interesting to see how Gigi Hadid and Serena Williams perform in the digital field. 

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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