Over the past year, the team behind Formula 1: Drive To Survive has been busy producing yet another all-access sporting documentary series for Netflix — this one about the world of professional tennis. Today, ahead of its recently confirmed premiere date, we’ve received the very first full-length Break Point trailer.
“We are excited to continue bolstering our lineup of sports programming with this behind-the-scenes documentary series,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix Vice President of Unscripted & Documentary Series.
“Tennis is beloved all over the world, with high-stakes tournaments hopping across continents and athletes hailing from countless countries.”
“Through this historic partnership with the four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP Tour, WTA Tour, and ATP Media, the series will be packed with rare access and rich personal stories that are sure to draw in longtime fans and new audiences alike.”
Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming binge fodder.
Everything We Know About Netflix’s Break Point So Far
What is Netflix’s Break Point about?
Netflix’s Break Point follows a “diverse” group of tennis players both on and off the court – ranging from Taylor Fritz, Ajla Tomlijanovic, Ons Jabeur, and Iga Swiatek, to Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, and Australia’s very own Nick Kyrgios – as they compete in “gruelling slams” with the hopes of winning a final, and even bigger dreams of becoming world number one.
“Break Point gets up close and personal with top players on the tennis circuit through an entire year travelling across the globe for all four Grand Slams and the ATP and WTA tours.”Netflix
“I think it’s going to make a great show, and I think we gave them some good content,” revealed Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“For me the main goal is that it can help tennis. It can help tennis overall. That would be amazing if we could see a rise in the number of fans and attention for our sport by airing this series.”
Frances Tiafoe added: “It’s great for the game, moving the game forward. I’m happy I was part of it and some other guys got a chance to be part of it as well.”
Do we know the cast members of Netflix’s Break Point?
So far, players confirmed include Grand Slam champions Iga Swiatek and Sloane Stephens, Grand Slam runners-up Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, and Ons Jabeur.
We can also expect appearances from the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Ajla Tomljanovic, Paula Badosa, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Aryna Sabalenka, and Maria Sakkari, as well as interviews with Paul Annacone, Chris Evert, Patrick Mouratoglou, Toni Nadal, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova.
Sadly, there won’t be a direct focus on the greats: Serena Williams and Roger Federer, both 41 and recently retired, or Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. At least not in the debut season. Who knows… they could pull a Mercedes a la Drive To Survive and jump on board for the subsequent instalments.
“It’s hard to imagine another sport which has been so dominated by a handful of individuals for so long,” executive producer James Gay-Rees (Box To Box Films) told The Associated Press.
“But they are at the end of the cycle – barring, obviously, Novak and Rafa, to some extent. The changing of the guard is happening.”
Gay-Rees added: “The timing was really good. Because I love tennis, but I’m like, ‘Who is Tsitsipas?’ Do you know what I mean? In all honesty. But actually, you realise, ’My God, he’s No. 5 in the world. He’s a really, seriously, good tennis player and he’s a really interesting guy. And I’d like to know more about him.’”
“Because all I’ve heard for the last 15-20 years is: ‘Roger, Roger, Roger. Serena, Serena, Serena.’ For a reason, right? Obviously we’re not disputing that, because they’re legends and icons. But I think it was really exciting shining a light on a new generation.”
The first five episodes of Break Point are scheduled to hit Netflix on January 13th of 2023, coinciding with the 2023 Australian Open. Similar to how Drive To Survive drops in the lead-up to the season opener grand prix.
According to sports journalist James Gray, it all kicks off with the following…
- Episode 1: Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios & Thanasi Kokkinakis
- Episode 2: Australian Open – Matteo Berrettini & Ajla Tomlijanovic
- Episode 3: Indian Wells – Maria Sakkari & Taylor Fritz
- Episode 4: Madrid – Ons Jabeur & Paula Badosa
- Episode 5: French Open – Felix Auger-Aliassime & Casper Ruud
The next batch of episodes – which examines Wimbledon, Eastbourne, Queens Club, the US Open, WTA Finals, and ATP Finals – won’t arrive until sometime in June 2023.
Netflix’s Break Point Trailer
As previously mentioned, Netflix has just dropped the very first full-length Break Point trailer along with the following description:
From the team behind Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Break Point follows a diverse group of tennis players on and off the court as they compete in gruelling slams with hopes of winning a final and even bigger dreams of becoming world number one. Break Point gets up close and personal with top players on the tennis circuit through an entire year travelling across the globe for all four Grand Slams and the ATP and WTA tours.