Holger Rune has played down talk of a ‘Netflix Curse’ in tennis and says it would not impact world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
All 10 players featured in the first five episodes of Netflix’s Break Point either withdrew before the Australian Open or lost during the first four rounds last year.
It led to speculation that players in the docuseries were ‘cursed’ but world No.8 Rune – who stars in one of the newer episodes – laughed off that suggestion after his first-round win over Yoshihito Nishioka at this year’s tournament.
‘I think it’s stupid, to be honest,’ Rune said on Tuesday. ‘No offence. I think it’s nothing to do with that.
‘I think Novak Djokovic could do ten Netflix series and still win 20 Grand Slams or 24.
‘I think Aryna Sabalenka did a few already and she won the Australian Open last year. That’s it.’
Season two of Break Point also sees an episode focus on Alexander Zverev, which has attracted criticism after his allegations of domestic abuse were ignored.
World No.1 Iga Swiatek has insisted it is ‘not good’ that Zverev is being ‘promoted’ while he faces the allegations.
‘Any answer that I give, I mean, there’s no good answer to that,’ Swiatek said about Zverev.
‘I think it’s up to ATP what they decide. For sure it’s not good when a player who’s facing charges like that is kind of being promoted.’