Next sufferer of the Netflix curse: Maria Sakkari misplaced to China’s Lin Zhu.Image: keystone
20.01.2023, 10:4220.01.2023, 16:11
Netflix’s ‘Breaking Point’ is making waves in the world of tennis, however Belinda Bencic says she likes ‘extra gossip’. With an understanding of the behind-the-scenes and facade of the athletes, these in cost hope to provide tennis the similar increase because it did in Formula 1’s Drive To Survive.
The first 5 episodes, specializing in final 12 months’s Australian Open and Roland Garros, have already been launched, with 5 extra set for Wimbledon and the US Open in June. Tennis stars will now must assume twice about agreeing to participate in the Netflix sequence. Because at the Australian Open, the sequence has not fared nicely for the protagonists to this point. Nine out of ten folks have already left the “Happy Slam” event.
Nick Kyrgios (ATP 21)
Australia’s Bad Boy is definitely a godsend for such Netflix productions. Of course, Nick Kyrgios was one of the large characters at Break Point. The 27-year-old needed to pull out of this 12 months’s Australian Open as a consequence of a knee damage earlier than the begin of the event.
Paula Badosa (WTA 16)
The 25-year-old Spaniard additionally needed to withdraw earlier than the begin of the first Grand Slam of the 12 months. In April final 12 months, world quantity two Badosa suffered a hamstring damage in the semi-finals of a pre-season event in Adelaide.
Ayla Tomljanovic (WTA 35)
Ayla Tomljanovic is third in the group of injured. The 29-year-old Australian, like Kyrgios, wish to compete in a Grand Slam on dwelling soil. But it was not as a consequence of knee issues.
Matteo Berrettini (ATP 14)
Matteo Berrettini was the first character in Breaking Point to drop out of Melbourne. The 26-year-old Italian nonetheless reached the semi-finals in Melbourne final 12 months and subsequently climbed to No. 6 in the world rankings, however this 12 months he fell brief to Andy Murray in the first spherical.
Thanasi Kokkinakis (ATP 159)
And the sport in opposition to Andy Murray in the second spherical was the finish of the highway for one of the stars of “Break Point”. Thanasi Kokkinakis, a doubles accomplice and good good friend of Kyrgios, needed to withdraw after a marathon match and regardless of main 2-0. The 26-year-old Australian misplaced to the Scot after practically six hours of play.
Ons Jabeur (WTA 2)
However, Kokkinakis was only one of 4 Netflix contributors for whom the Australian Open resulted in the second spherical. World quantity two Ons Jabur didn’t survive his second match in Melbourne. The 28-year-old Tunisian misplaced to Czech Marketa Vondrousova in three units.
Casper Rood (ATP 3)
The quantity 2 participant, together with Norway’s Casper Rude, additionally dropped out of the males’s race. 24-year-old American Jenson Brooksby shocked. However, his favourite event till the finish of May was the French Open – the place he was in the remaining final 12 months.
Taylor Fritz (ATP 9)
The sport in the second spherical was additionally unsuccessful for the 25-year-old American. Fritz, who performed in the 1/8 finals final 12 months, was knocked out in 5 units by native hero Alexey Popyrin at the Australian Open.
Maria Sakkari (WTA 6)
So far, the newest sufferer of the Netflix curse has been Maria Sakkari. The 27-year-old Greek misplaced to China’s Lin Zhu in the third spherical.
That leaves only one Netflix web page at the Australian Open. Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 7) has to this point defied the curse and reached the spherical of 16 after defeating Francisco Cerundolo in the third spherical. There he’ll meet the 22-year-old Canadian Czech Jiri Lehecka.
The Netflix response
Of course, the producers additionally obtained wind of their work. Netflix wrote: “To be clear: this is pure coincidence.”
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