Netflix Break Point

Relive The First 5 Episodes Of Netflix's Break Point

The next five episodes will be released 21 June
June 20, 2023
Taylor Fritz and Ajla Tomljanovic (far right) are among the stars of Netflix's Break Point.
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Taylor Fritz and Ajla Tomljanovic (far right) are among the stars of Netflix's Break Point. By ATP Staff

Netflix is set to release Part 2 of Break Point's first season on 21 June.

Before the next five episodes come out, looks back at the first five episodes of the hit tennis docuseries.

Episode 1: The Maverick
The focus of the show’s first episode was Nick Kyrgios and his journey at the 2022 Australian Open. Break Point peeled back the onion that is Kyrgios, examining everything from his “bad boy” reputation to his soft side off the court.

A turning point in his career was Wimbledon in 2014, when he stunned Rafael Nadal. As the episode detailed, everything changed from that moment on. Swarms of fans awaited his return in Canberra and he has not departed the spotlight since. Kyrgios enjoyed the most memorable moment of his career last year in Melbourne, where he partnered close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis — portrayed as the Robin to his Batman — to the Australian Open doubles title.

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Episode 2: Take the Crown
It all started with a messy hotel room. One of the biggest takeaways from this episode was that the stars are just like us — they are very human. Cameras were allowed inside Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic’s Melbourne messy hotel room, where they discussed not tennis, but which television series to watch.

Nick Kyrgios said Rafael Nadal is “like a god”, as the narrative was built around the game’s rising stars, including the likes of Berrettini, trying to break through. There was also a focus on Tomljanovic, who has been mentored by Chris Evert. The WTA legend said of the Australian: “You’re too nice. You’ve got to be a little bi***y out there sometimes. You’ve got to be mean.”

Episode 3: California Dreaming
Netflix cameras took "behind the scenes" to the next level when they followed Taylor Fritz during the biggest moment of his life. The American suffered an ankle injury ahead of the 2022 Indian Wells final and footage showed his team, including Michael Russell and Paul Annacone, trying to convince him to withdraw before facing Nadal.

Instead, Fritz received an injection and took the court to give it a shot. Ultimately, he claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

Maria Sakkari also featured in the episode. The Greek revealed that she once told her coaches she wanted to retire and actually did so for four days. If you need any coffee tips, the Greek would be a good source — she was up to her sixth espresso of that particular day and counting.

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Episode 4: Great Expectations
The focus was on WTA stars Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur in Episode 4. Badosa was quite open about the mental side of tennis, explaining that “this sport is a drug”. There are high highs and difficult lows, and she added how tough it is to shut out negativity in the latter moments. The Spaniard revealed that she sought professional help for depression.

Fans were also introduced to Jabeur and her Tunisian team, including husband Karim Kamoun, who is her fitness trainer. Not only have they found a happy balance between their off-court and professional relationship, but Jabeur was emerging into the mainstream on and off the court.

Episode 5: King Of Clay
Would anyone be able to take down Rafael Nadal on the clay of Roland Garros in 2022? The fifth episode followed Felix Auger-Aliassime and Casper Ruud in their attempts to do just that. Both men made an attempt and both failed in Paris, but there was plenty revealed about each.

There was a potentially tricky situation that was played up in the media at the time — Auger-Aliassime is coached by Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle. Uncle Toni made clear he wanted his nephew to win the match and left the stadium during their clash, the subject of controversy at the time. But Auger-Aliassime made clear none of it bothered him one bit.

Ruud reached his first major final last year at Roland Garros. He looked up to Nadal and has trained at his eponymous academy. But despite his loss, the Norwegian has developed into a force himself and has earned the respect of the tennis world. Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick said, “He’s not the person who brings attention to himself. He’s not a self-promoter.”

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