Break point |  The gap between before and after

Break point | The gap between before and after

The Netflix streaming platform starts the year with an ace. Within breaking point, a 10-episode documentary series, the world of professional tennis is presented without makeup. For better or worse, this monstrous production looks ahead, because the future is now.

Neither Roger Federer, nor Rafael Nadal, nor Novak Djokovic appear in this new project launched this Friday. Netflix, on the other hand, has opted for new faces.

Although it is practiced on all continents, tennis is still a sport that requires some visibility. That is why the ATP, together with the WTA and the government of the four Grand Slam tournaments, accepted Netflix’s proposal to make a tennis version of the world hit. drive to survivein Formula 1.

“We wanted to bring this sport to the screens of a new audience to introduce them to this sport, and the characters and athletes that make it up,” explained Nick Bourne of ATP Media, the series’ strategic director, during the presentation. media carousel hosted on thursday.

It was also essential to tell the story of these international stars. In his moments of glory as in his failures.

“All of these remarkable athletes have incredible stories and it’s a privilege to be able to step into their lives,” said James Gay-Rees, executive producer of the series.

According to Hugues Léger, general manager of Tennis Montreal and a specialist in sports marketing, this series could end certain prejudices. “Tennis has always been perceived as a bourgeois, exclusive sport, perhaps limited to certain people, he specifies, but when you go to one of the largest online listening platforms in the world, tennis is democratized. »

A new age

For an entire season, the production followed Nick Kyrgios, Matteo Berrettini, Ajla Tomljanović, María Sákkari, Taylor Fritz, Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, Casper Ruud and Félix Auger-Aliassime, among others.


The Greek Maria Sakkari

“It’s a post-big threeinsists Leger. He introduces a new group of players. It’s a gateway to some really interesting personalities that aren’t from big three. We used to talk a little bit about the next generation, without knowing who this new generation was. There we will get to know her better, and she is very nice. »

It was a harrowing process for the production team when it came time to choose which players to feature. “There are hundreds and we have reduced the candidates to a shortlist. We met with them to find out if they wanted to be part of the project. Some said yes, some said no, and some said maybe,” says Gay-Rees.

Each athlete posed a risk, he adds, because these players are followed at home, in training, before, during and after their matches. Many resources have been deployed for each character. “Our players had to have a good year or an interesting year, and luckily most of our players had a great year. We were very lucky. »

A prominent Quebecois

The fifth episode of the series is dedicated to Félix Auger-Aliassime, during his time at Roland-Garros. “Felix is ​​an exciting player to watch, with the way he plays, his family surrounding him and the addition of Toni Nadal. Felix is ​​incredible,” says Bourne.


Félix Auger-Aliassime at the Paris International in September 2020

According to the general manager of Tennis Montreal, the repercussions of this appearance will be enormous for tennis in Quebec and Canada.

Felix is ​​our big star right now. Therefore, it is certain that he will draw attention to tennis and that he will encourage young and old alike to start playing.

Hugues Léger, General Manager of Tennis Montreal

The visibility he will offer will be unmatched, he continues: “It is no coincidence that he is in the lot with Kyrgios, Ruud, Fritz and Berrettini. It is a flower to have been selected in this group, and we see that it is because he has an interesting personality, but also because they see a great champion in him. »

Netflix was also interested in the case of the seventh racket in the world because of its enormous potential. “He is a fantastic player. I remember at Roland-Garros, we were on tour with him, he was training in the gym and I had never seen someone so connected and concerned about his body. he was fascinating he is a good boy, quite charming, easy to love. He could become the next face of the game from him and he deserves everything that comes his way,” Gay-Rees said.

In the exhilaration of victory and the pain of defeat, the best players on the planet have been scrutinized. The result promises to be enlightening: “I think that people think that it is a beautiful sport, while it is a difficult and complex sport. I dare to believe that it will allow people to have a greater appreciation for the dedication of these players”, concludes the executive producer.

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