The curse of Netflix is ​​in full swing at the Australian Open

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

Nicholas Helbling

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 present tennis the similar enhance because it did in Formula 1’s Drive To Survive.

The first 5 episodes, specializing in final yr’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 need to assume twice about agreeing to participate in the Netflix sequence. Because at the Australian Open, the sequence has not fared properly for the protagonists to date. Nine out of ten individuals have already left the “Happy Slam” match.

Nick Kyrgios (ATP 21)

Australia’s Bad Boy is definitely a godsend for such Netflix productions. Of course, Nick Kyrgios was one of the massive characters at Break Point. The 27-year-old needed to pull out of this yr’s Australian Open because of a knee damage earlier than the begin of the match.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios reacts as he announces his withdrawal from the Australian Open due to a knee injury during a news conference Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Melbourne.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker) N...

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Paula Badosa (WTA 16)

The 25-year-old Spaniard additionally needed to withdraw earlier than the begin of the first Grand Slam of the yr. In April final yr, world quantity two Badosa suffered a hamstring damage in the semi-finals of a pre-season match in Adelaide.

January 11, 2023, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: Paula Badosa of Spain during the second round of the 2023 Adelaide International 2 WTA, Tennis Damen 500 ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA - ZUMAa18 ...


Ayla Tomljanovic (WTA 35)

Ayla Tomljanovic is third in the group of injured. The 29-year-old Australian, like Kyrgios, want to compete in a Grand Slam on dwelling soil. But it was not because of knee issues.

Ayla Tomljanovic of Australia during the Billie Jean King Cup tennis final match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, November 13 ...

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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 yr and subsequently climbed to No. 6 in the world rankings, however this yr he fell quick to Andy Murray in the first spherical.

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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 almost six hours of play.

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Ons Jabeur (WTA 2)

However, Kokkinakis was only one of 4 Netflix members for whom the Australian Open led to 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.

Ons Jabour of Tunisia waves as she leaves Rod Laver Arena after her second round loss to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia...

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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 match till the finish of May was the French Open – the place he was in the last final yr.

Casper Ruud of Norway waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing to American Jenson Brooksby in the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

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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 yr, was knocked out in 5 units by native hero Alexey Popyrin at the Australian Open.

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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.

epa10412040 Maria Sakkari of Greece plays against Diana Schneider of Russia during the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2023.  EPA/JOEL CA...

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That leaves only one Netflix web page at the Australian Open. Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 7) has to date 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.

epa10412473 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada celebrates after defeating Alex Molkan of Slovakia during the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, ...

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The Netflix response

Of course, the producers additionally bought wind of their work. Netflix wrote: “To be clear: this is pure coincidence.”

The finest photos of the Australian Open 2023 match


The finest photos of the Australian Open 2023 match

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