The tennis world is abuzz with anticipation as Netflix announces the upcoming release of the second half of their captivating Break Point series later this month. The series offers viewers an exclusive backstage pass to the thrilling world of tennis, unveiling the off-court lives of players and introducing the sport to a diverse and enthusiastic audience.
Following the premiere of the first five episodes earlier this year, the next five episodes are set to grace our screens on 21st June courtesy of the US streaming giant.
Allow the All Court Tennis Club to provide you with an early look at what can be expected from this eagerly awaited installment.
Episode 6 – Belonging
At Wimbledon, the spotlight shines on Nick Kyrgios, the unconventional Australian sportsman who reached the final at the prestigious All England Club last year. Meanwhile, Ajla Tomljanovic, on the women’s side, must conquer her personal and professional setbacks to finally gain control over her mental game. As the two progress through the initial stages of the tournament, both Kyrgios and Tomljanovic find solace and strength through the support of their fathers. However, when one of them tests the tournament’s strict code of conduct, it throws their chances of success and everything they’ve worked for into question.
Episode 7 – Saints and Sinners
As Wimbledon 2022 rumbles on, the series follows Kyrgios and one more unconventional player in making history on the pristine grass courts. We follow women’s No. 2 Ons Jabeur who broke through with a life-changing win in Madrid earlier in the season; and now, she carries the hopes of the entire African continent as she pursues her first Grand Slam. Nick Kyrgios, meanwhile, continues to display his outstanding talent through a cloud of scandal; using his temper as a tool to throw opponents off their game. In the final, Jabeur’s finesse is put to the test as she faces the formidable serve of Elena Rybakina, while Kyrgios goes head-to-head with defending champion Novak Djokovic, a patient, methodical giant who’s unlikely to be perturbed by chaos.
Episode 8 – Fairytale in New York
The energy in the streets of New York City is always palpable during the last Grand Slam of the year, but the 2022 U.S. Open is generating an unprecedented level of electricity. Serena Williams announced she would retire at the end of the tournament, and the media frenzy surrounding her is at fever pitch. It’s a nightmare for Serena’s opponents, but for Ajla Tomljanovic, it’s a chance to prove she’s found the mental strength to play up to her potential. When the two women go head-to-head in a third-round match, Tomljanovic is faced with the pressure to not only beat the G.O.A.T. in the women’s game, but to do so it front of 24,000 screaming fans rooting for her failure.
Episode 9 – Under Pressure
The young guns continue to shine at the U.S. Open, as women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek, men’s No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz, and men’s No. 22 Frances Tiafoe reach the quarter-finals. Swiatek has an impressive eight titles and 37 consecutive wins facing into this tournament, but the noise of New York City – and the Open’s raucous crowd – could throw her off her game. For Tiafoe, it’s the chance to achieve a lifelong dream that started on the courts of a Maryland tennis centre, where his father, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, worked as maintenance staff. He’s got a chance to become the first American man to win the Open trophy in almost 20 years, but can he make it past Rafael Nadal to do so?
Episode 10 – One Last Chance
The 2022 season draws to a close with the ATP/WTA Finals, in which the top eight men and women compete for a huge payday. Taylor Fritz gets a last-minute call to join the men’s tournament in Turin after an injury to Carlos Alcaraz – but he’ll have to play back-to-back matches against Nadal and Djokovic to prove he belongs. On the women’s side in Ft. Worth, Aryna Sabalenka is trying to end the hardest year of her career on a high note – but to reach the final, she’ll need to take down Iga Swiatek, the seemingly unstoppable No. 1. The odds are against her, and there’s only one thing Sabalenka knows for sure: when in trouble, hit harder.
In conclusion, Netflix’s Break Point series offers a captivating look at the sport for tennis enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With engaging storytelling, compelling characters, and thrilling on and off-court moments, the latter half of this series is bound to keep viewers entertained when it lands on the small screen later this month.
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