World number four Kasper Ruud would like to see more of the Netflix tennis documentary-series Break Point take on on-court competition, but Maria Sakkari was happy she made her debut on the show.
Rudd said, “I hope next season we get a little bit more Actinon Court and maybe not as many other things.”
Rudd said that he made a conscious decision not to reveal too much about his personal life in front of the camera.
But he said the show (Break Point) captured the ups and downs the players faced – including an exasperating moment at the French Open when the grounds crew didn’t let them warm up before the semi-finals because of fear of rain.
He said, ‘I was very angry. “They said it was going to rain, when we reached the court it was not raining. It was kind of hesitating and arguing.
“I don’t know if it was good or not, but Netflix was catching it all. I was getting more and more frustrated because they refused to let us play even though it wasn’t raining.
“I almost forgot it happened because it was a big week for me, a big tournament. I was in my first final at a Grand Slam, and I wasn’t thinking about that little hiccup, you You know, when the show was about to come out.
“But it was also a little funny what can happen to us sometimes. It’s not always a smooth ride.”
He would have liked to see more of the tension he felt facing two Scandinavian opponents, including a comeback from two sets to one down in the third round for a Finnish foe.
Greece’s Sakkari, whose run up to the 2022 Indian Wells WTA Finals was covered in one episode, was open about the difficulties of the mental side of the game and said she thought it was right to open up.
Sakkari said, “I just felt like if I do it, I better do it the right way.” “I don’t want to hide anything. I don’t want to be fake.”
She added that the producers “have some kind of charisma or a way of making you feel good, like we’re friends so you’re having a friendly conversation.
“Then once you get to know them a little bit more, you open up and you feel comfortable talking about your feelings and how you feel on tour.
“I didn’t feel like there was any reason to hide and not be transparent and honest about how I felt last year because it was so challenging.
“I’m so glad that so many people really liked it, and I’m getting great feedback.”
Both Sakkari and Rudd said that being on the show, which has been confirmed for a second season, raised their profiles.
Rude recalled a woman at a grocery story in Florida, where she was training last month, told her she and her husband had seen her the night before on the show.
“I haven’t been an overnight superstar or anything, but I think a few more people in the world have seen the show.
“It’s positive for us if more people know and are interested in tennis.”
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime said he felt the effect was more noticeable in the United States.
“A lot more people are recognizing me and other players when they go out to dinner or to the grocery store,” he said. “They say, ‘I just saw your episode and I loved it.’
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