Has Netflix’ new tennis program caused a curse to fall over the Australian Open? FOLLOW ALL THE DAY FIVE ACTION LIVE.
Netflix’ in-depth tennis program Break Point has made waves across both the tennis and the sports world, giving fans a look at the players behind the scenes across 2022.
However, its impact might not be limited to just television, with most of the stars from the program either eliminated from the Australian Open or missed the tournament entirely.
Clearly, the feedback from certain fans about the shows stars has gotten to the desk of the streaming giant, with its UK & Ireland platform tweeting this today.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanović missed the tournament entirely, while Thanasi Kokkinakis was eliminated early this morning by Andy Murray.
Other high-profile stars from the show are among the handful of big names to have been eliminated from the Aus Open so far.
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The men’s race to the semi-finals has been burst wide open in one quarter of the draw – and it’s good news for Novak Djokovic.
Seeded players dropped like flies on Thursday, headlined by No. 2 seed Casper Ruud (knocked out by Jenson Brooksby) and No. 8 seed Taylor Fritz (beaten by Alexei Popyrin), who on paper looked likely to play out in a quarterfinal.
It means a host of unfamiliar names will now be battling it out for quarterfinal berths, with 12th seed and 2020 semi finalist Alexander Zverev also bundled out on a barren day for players ranked inside the top 30.
Thursday’s carnage gives New South Welshman Popyrin a conceivable run to the quarterfinal – if he knocks off Ben Shelton in the third round, he’ll face either JJ Wolf or Michael Mmoh, ranked world no. 67 and 107, in the fourth.
The day five decimation also gives Djokovic a dream run. If Djokovic gets through his quarter – which still includes Andrey Rublev and Holger Rune, it should be noted – there is now every chance he’ll be facing off against an unseeded opponent forums spot in the final.
After being denied the chance to compete in 2022, it seems fate has turned back in the Serb’s favour.
Originally published as Australian Open 2023 day 5 live scores, schedule, order of play
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