“Give it another try with Djokovic or Nadal,” Fans boo Netflix’s ‘Break Point’ following the show’s failure to attract viewership after the initial excitement
Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Ajla Tomljanović were among the featured stars on Break Point
Netflix’s ‘Break Point’ was much awaited among tennis fans just as the 2023 Australian Open. The docuseries, released earlier this month, is on the line of ‘F1 Drive to Survive’ and revolves around the professional and personal life of tennis stars, younger ones specifically. Since its announcement, the docuseries was a rage among the players as well as the fans but after its release, the reactions have taken a different direction.
The most prominent players to feature in the show are Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, and Ajla Tomljanovic among others. It brings out the struggles, emotions, and frustration players go through during competition while also revealing their life away from the court. Initially, it received much fanfare upon its release but with the Australian Open progressing the excitement has subsided.
The biggest reason for the response getting lukewarm is the ‘Break Point curse’ hovering around the skies of Melbourne. Most of the players featuring in the series have bowed out. Nick Kyrgios, the star of the show suffered an injury right before the tournament and started the trend. Now the viewership of the series has also come down.
Ben Rothenberg, a noted journalist, stated that the show made a ‘minimal splash’ on Netflix considering the overall performance of several other shows put out on the platform. “Had been keeping an eye on this. Break Point came out late in a rating week which might have impacted its numbers in these cycles, but fair to say that it made a pretty minimal splash on Netflix, by the context of that overall platform,” he wrote on Twitter.
Break Point fails to make it big after quite a good start
The Netflix series failed to get into the top 10 most-watched shows on the platform in the first week of its release. Break Point was expected not only to be a source of profit for Netflix but also to popularise the sport. But now it seems to be failing to achieve both objectives.
Barring a few countries like Australia and Ireland it bombed completely even among loyal tennis fans. In comparison, its F1 counterpart was a big success globally. The show was critically acclaimed and was credited with attracting new audiences (particularly American) to the sport.
There are various reasons for its sub-par performance than was expected Critics point out that focusing entirely on the young generation and leaving the icons of the game like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could have cost the show big time. Others believe that replicating a fast-paced sport like F1 did not do justice to tennis. Whatever the reasons, social media users have even started booing the show. One of them mentioned the failure of the show to capture the game and solely relying on drama.
Here are some of the reactions of the fans.