This past weekend tennis superstars, and PokerStars sponsored athlete, Rafa Nadal sat in another “made-for-tv” match against one of the best poker players in the world, Vanessa Selbst. For context, Selbst was repeatedly referred to as the best female poker players in the world, but those in the know get it – she’s a beast on the felt and one of the best of any gender and Rafa would have a monster challenge in front of him.
Nadal, of course, sat in one of these before where he bested Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu and a table of his peers for his first live “tournament” victory. This time around, there was no mercy from Selbst who took care of business and gave him a taste of what he rarely gets on the tennis court – defeat.
Of course, Selbst was a class act in victory and the pair may even plan a rematch in the future.
Next up for Selbst, of course, will be back-to-back EPT events with the start of EPT Sanremo followed by the Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Nadal on the other hand will be putting the cards down for a spell and focusing on his side-gig of being one of the best tennis players on the globe and smashing balls at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters.