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WATCH: The stars of Break Point reunite before tennis docuseries returns to Netflix
Maria Sakkari, Casper Ruud, Paula Badosa, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini and Taylor Fritz joined host Blair Henley to recap all the action on screen.
Published May 17, 2023
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When we last left off with Netflix’s Break Point, players were departing from Roland Garros after a whirlwind start to the season. With the next batch of episodes set to drop in June, the stars of the tennis docuseries got together for a reunion ahead of their release.
Maria Sakkari, Casper Ruud, Paula Badosa, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini, Taylor Fritz joined host Blair Henley in Indian Wells for a wide-ranging discussion recapping all the action on screen—and touched on a bit of the drama off of it.
For Ruud and Auger-Aliassime, Break Point focused on their individual Roland Garros campaigns—which were both cut short by eventual champion Rafael Nadal. During the reunion, Ruud addressed comments about his timid behavior in the face of Nadal’s intimidating warm-up routine before the final.
“I’ve seen it hundreds of times before, so it wasn’t really a surprise,” Ruud said. “People saying that I already lost the match before even going on court? That might be true, but if I had won it would be like, ‘Casper won because he stayed cool.’ You could turn it around however you want to turn it around.
“That’s his routine. What the cameras didn't show was that we were 30 minutes in the gym warming up, running and doing everything… I was ready to go.”
“Obviously he killed me and destroyed me, but I don’t think it was because he did those steps in the locker room,” Ruud added, having lost 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to the 14-time French Open winner.
Notably, there was no mention of one of Break Point’s biggest storylines in Paris, as Auger-Aliassime’s coach Toni Nadal—his next opponent’s uncle and former coach—refused to support his player in that matchup.
Meanwhile Berrettini held nothing back as he discussed his own episode, which heavily featured former girlfriend and fellow player Tomljanovic.
“I have to be honest, I was curious about what they were going to show and what it’s going to be like,” the Italian said. “I actually like the episode a lot. There were so many fun moments, nice memories, I was laughing a lot… I think it showed who we were, it was nice.”
Of course, Berrettini was quizzed about the infamous moment when he banished Tomljanovic to the hotel’s business center to take an early morning Tennis Channel interview. His co-stars were divided in their support, as Sakkari pointed out that Berrettini didn’t have a match the next day while Fritz and Auger-Aliassime stressed a player's need for sleep.
“The vibes were nice and we weren’t arguing about it… I would have done the same thing, I would have left the room,” Berrettini concluded.
Break Point will be back on Netflix in June with another five-episode run covering 2022 Wimbledon through the US Open.