Netflix is making a bigger push into sports docuseries following the success of Formula 1: Drive to survive. We learned this week that a show covering the PGA Tour 2022 and major men’s golf championships is in the works, and now the company has announced that a similar show covering the world of high-level tennis is in the works.
All three shows are produced or co-produced by the same company, Box to Box Films. Netflix says the as-yet-untitled tennis series will devote equal time to men and women. The names of the players involved have not been released, according to , but given the prestigious names that participate in Drive to survive and the golf show, expect the tennis series to feature high-profile personalities.
Netflix has struck deals with tennis’ two governing bodies, the ATP and WTA, as well as the organizers of the four Grand Slam tournaments – the biggest events on the tennis calendar. Since production began at the Australian Open, the docuseries could start with a few major drama.
On Friday, Australian officials again revoked the visa of Novak Djokovic, the highest ranked male player in the world, this time “for reasons of health and good order”. Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, said earlier this month he had been granted a medical exemption to travel to Australia and continue his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam singles title. male. However, questions have been raised about the validity of his exemption, and he admitted to make an “error in judgement” by attending public events in December while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. He tested positive.
Drive to survive helped increase the popularity of Formula 1, especially with American television viewers. Tennis executives are surely hoping for a similar effect from the upcoming docuseries. Last year’s US Open averaged 796,000 viewers, the second-lowest viewership figure since ESPN won the rights to the tournament in 2015.
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