Tennis’ Netflix DURSE! Eight stars of the new Break Point series – including injured Nick Kyrgios, American ace Taylor Fritz and world No. 2 Ons Jabeur – make NIGHTMARE start the new season, falling early at the Australian Open
- The Australian Open has been ‘cursed’ by players involved in a new Netflix show
- The Netflix series “Break Point” accompanied 10 players through the first five episodes
- So far, eight of those featured have been eliminated before the third round
- Only Maria Sakkari and Felix Auger-Aliassime remain in the tournament
- Fans are “starting to believe” the “Netflix curse” is real and affecting players
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Tennis fans can’t help but imagine that Netflix’s brand new ‘Break Point’ series has jinxed its stars of the first series – with EIGHT from the Australian Open ahead of round three.
The 10-part documentary focuses on the lives of some of tennis’ biggest names in the 2022 season.
But those same players have returned to earth in 2023 with eight of the ten stars in the first five Australian Open episodes ahead of round three.
Taylor Fritz (left) and Nick Kyrgios (right) are among the Netflix stars enduring a miserable 2023
World No. 2 Ons Jabeur was ruthlessly eliminated by unseeded star Marketa Vondrousova
10 players were featured in the first five episodes of Netflix’s new Break Point documentary
Netflix’s social media team was quick to call the players’ unfortunate form a “coincidence.”
Taylor Fritz, Team USA’s best hope for a men’s singles win at the Australian Open, entered the losers’ list on Wednesday when he lost to home favorite Alexei Popyrin – but he was far from the first he fell.
Before the Melbourne Grand Slam even started, three players – Nick Kyrgios, Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic and Spain’s Paula Badosa – were eliminated due to injuries sustained in the run-up.
From there, the band of Netflix stars soon found a premature end to their opening slam of the year.
Paula Badosa (left) and Ajla Tomljanovic (right) left injured with Kyrgios
Of those who performed, Matteo Berrettini fell first, losing 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 7-6
No. 13 seeded Matteo Berrettini was the first casualty, losing an epic match 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-7 (7) 7-6 (10-6) to Scottish warrior Andy murray
From there, No. 2 seed Casper Ruud was eliminated in four sets by American phenom Jenson Brooksby.
Players had balked when told the “curse” was gaining momentum among fans.
Fritz in particular was unimpressed by the story.
“Actually, I didn’t know it was one [thing]’ said Fritz before his second round match.
Maria Sakkari (left) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (right) are the only Netflix stars still in competition
“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.”
But Fritz would soon join the rest of the Netflix crew and say goodbye early as his title hopes were dashed by Popyrin.
But more drama would ensue on Thursday as first world No. 2 Ons Jabeur fell out, losing to unseeded Marketa Vondrousova, and then Murray claimed his second Netflix victim by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the longest match of the Scot’s career .
The conversation about the “curse” is trending on social media, and fans are convinced it’s a “real” thing
Dane Holger Rune laughed that Netflix will be bad for player performance as he revealed after reaching the third round that he will commit to the second series.
“I look forward to doing it. I think it’s going to be great. It’s good for tennis,” he said.
“It’s good for us players. [The] we can get more fans for the sport, it’s better. I’m just very positive about it.’
There is a very real prospect of all 10 of the featured players missing in the first five episodes before the end of week one, with Maria Sakkari and Felix Auger-Aliassime in action into the early hours of Friday morning.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-11654499/Tennis-Netflix-CURSE-eight-stars-new-Break-Point-series-crash-Australian-Open.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Tennis’ Netflix CURSE as eight stars of new Break Point series crash at Australian Open