Felix Auger-Aliassime has become the 10th and final star in the new Netflix series to fall at the Australian Open.
The sixth-seeded Canadian was beaten in four sets – 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 6-7 – by Czech underdog Jiri Lehecka early Sunday morning UK time.
Auger-Aliassime was the last man standing after all nine tennis players breakpointincluding the injured Nick Kyrgios, American ace Taylor Fritz and Maria Sakkari, all eliminated from the Melbourne tournament.
Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from the Australian Open, losing to Jiri Lehecka
The sixth seeded Canadian lost in four sets – 6:4, 3:6, 6:7, 6:7 – against Czech outsider Jiri Lehecka
He’s the 10th and final player to appear in Netflix’s new Break Point docu-series to be eliminated early from the Melbourne Grand Slam – some tennis fans are calling it a ‘curse’.
Streaming giant Netflix is calling it a “coincidence” but fans are convinced the players featured in the docu-series are jinxed after Auger-Aliassime and Sakkari, the show’s ninth and tenth players, both suffered early exits at the Australian Open have suffered.
The 10-part docu-series, which aired on the eve of the Melbourne Grand Slam, focuses on the lives of some of tennis’ biggest names in the 2022 season.
But it has been a difficult start to 2023 for the 10 in the first five episodes, as three missed the tournament through injury, six others were eliminated in the third round and Auger-Aliassime is now eliminated in the fourth round.
Heading into Friday, Sakkari was one of two survivors of the dreaded “Netflix curse,” and she couldn’t escape its clutches as she lost 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 to Zhu Lin, the first of the Chinese star ever was top 10 win.
Maria Sakkari became the latest big name to fall victim to the ‘Netflix curse’ that swept tennis
Netflix’s social media team was quick to call the players’ unfortunate form a “coincidence.”
Sakkari, the sixth seed, appeared to have regained control in a dominant 6-1 second set, but the Greek soon lost her way again and she was just the latest early casualty for the Netflix series’ stars.
Before the Melbourne Slam even started, three players – Nick Kyrgios, his compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic and Spain’s Paula Badosa – were eliminated from injuries sustained in the run-up.
No. 13 seeded Matteo Berrettini was the first competitor to fall, losing an epic match 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 (7) 7-6 (10-6) against Scottish superstar Andy Murray.
From there, No. 2 seed Casper Ruud was eliminated in four sets by American rising star Jenson Brooksby.
10 players were featured in the first five episodes of Netflix’s new Break Point documentary
As early as five players, tennis fans began to mock graphics showing the “curse” as one player after another stumbled into losses.
American star Taylor Fritz, who portrayed America’s best prospect of winning the men’s singles in Melbourne, reacted sourly when the idea of the Netflix ‘curse’ was pitched to him after his first-round win.
“Actually, I didn’t know it was one [thing]’ said Fritz sarcastically before his second round match.
“Obviously I noticed people pulled out of the tournament but I didn’t realize it was a thing like, I’m going to lose my first round because I’m on the Netflix show? I did not think about that.”
Two of the stars – Paula Badosa (left) and Ajla Tomljanovic (right) – had to retire due to injuries
This makes Auger-Aliassime the only player so far to have succumbed to the “curse” – but now he’s out too
He might have paid more attention to it as he would join the rest of the Netflix crew in an early farewell, snuffing home favorite Alexei Popyrin’s title hopes.
But more drama would ensue on Thursday as world No. 2 Ons Jabeur fell out, losing to unseeded Marketa Vondrousova.
Murray later claimed his second Netflix victim by defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the longest match of the Scot’s career, an epic battle lasting over five hours.
Only Sakkari and Auger-Aliassime remained – and now both have succumbed to the dreaded “curse”.
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