WATCH: Serena Williams Does Fitness With Her Favorite Nintendo Switch Games

Published 12/04/2020, 7:43 AM EST
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Women’s Singles third round match against Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The offseason might be giving Serena Williams a call from her childhood, as she recently got into a partnership with gaming console company Nintendo. She appeared in a fun commercial for the Nintendo Switch. In the commercial, Serena replaced her conventional fitness exercises with her favorite Nintendo Switch games.

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Serena was seen playing games such as Mario Tennis Aces, Just Dance 2021 and Fitness Boxing 2. It featured Serena doing her training in the form of playing the above three games which involved tennis, dancing and boxing against her trainer.

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Further, in a recent interview with Essence, Serena spoke about her new partnership with Nintendo and her childhood experience with their gaming consoles.

Serena revealed her two favorite games on the Nintendo Switch. She said: “Definitely Just Dance 2021. And I really, really love Mario Tennis Aces. Those two are by far my favorite.”

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Further, she also revealed that she uses gaming as a substitute for working out in the gym. The pandemic is still strong, because of which Serena doesn’t go to the gym. So the American plays on the console which is fun as well as helps with her fitness exercises.

Serena Williams during her French Open first-round match. REUTERS

“Also, there’s no more gyms. At least I don’t go to the gym anymore, so I really liked Just Dance 2021 and the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise. So, it’s like, alright, I don’t have to work right now, but I do want to do a sweat, and a fun sweat. 

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In May 2020, Serena, along with several other tennis players like Naomi Osaka and Kevin Anderson, teamed up with various other celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber etc to play Mario Tennis Aces on the Nintendo Switch. This was during the time when tennis was halted and e-sports took the centre stage.

“I am very competitive in Mario Tennis Aces to the point where I can’t lose, or I’ll get very upset and start not liking the character. Yeah, just a little too competitive, which is totally not normal.” Serena on playing Mario Tennis Aces.

Serena Williams celebrates a victory. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Serena and her daughter Olympia Ohanian also play on the Nintendo Switch, and the 23-time Grand Slam champ has described this experience as a lot of ‘family fun’. With a longer offseason, Serena will want to bring back positivity in her chase for the 24th Grand Slam. Family time and gaming could help her recover well and get set for 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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