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Stefanos Tsitsipas teases role in new Netflix tennis series ahead of Australian Open
“I’m very privileged to be in it,” the Greek player said, as the show begins production in Melbourne.
Published Jan 15, 2022
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World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas is the first player confirmed for the upcoming Netflix tennis docuseries, which has already started filming in Melbourne as the Australian Open approaches.
Netflix announced on Friday that it has greenlit the production of a show following the top tennis players across the ATP and WTA Tours as well as all four Grand Slams. The docuseries will be produced by Box to Box Films—the creators of the popular racing show Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
Although Netflix didn’t mention which players in particular they’d be profiling, Tsitsipas has confirmed his involvement while Garbine Muguruza revealed that she is currently “in talks”.
“I'm very privileged to be in it,” Tsitsipas said during Australian Open Media Day. “I've watched their previous TV show, which was Drive To Survive. I instantly became a huge fan of F1. I'm extremely happy they're bringing this to tennis and making something similar in that sense.”
Tsitsipas wasn’t alone—the success of the Netflix series has partly contributed to the growing wave of new interest in F1, especially among American fans. It’s an effect that tennis, with a similar global nature and individual personalities, is hoping for too.
The Greek player himself had a front-row seat to the motorsport drama, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the Netflix filming process, when he attended the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.
“I feel pretty lucky because I might make it to ‘Drive to Survive’ before I make it to ‘Play to Survive,’’' Tsitsipas joked. “The last episode of season four, on the last race of 2021, I might be in it.”
Tsitsipas, who has been battling a lingering elbow injury, said he has recovered “very close to 100 percent” after being forced to retire in his second match of the year at the ATP Cup.
The fourth seed will start his Australian Open campaign against Mikael Ymer when the bottom half of the men’s singles draw gets underway.