Netflix is giving a bigger boost to sports documentaries after the success of Formula 1: Drive to Survive. We learned this week that a show covering the PGA Tour 2022 and the top men’s golf championships is on the way, and now the company has announced that a similar show covering the world of high-profile tennis is in the works.
All three shows are being 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 were not revealed, according to , but due to the prominent names that participate drive to survive and the golf show, expect the tennis series to feature prominent figures.
Netflix has struck deals with the two tennis governing bodies, ATP and WTA, as well as the organizers of the four Grand Slam tournaments – the biggest events on the tennis calendar. Given that production began at the Australian Open, the documentary series could start with a few big drama.
On Friday, Australian authorities once again revoked the visa of Novak Djokovic, the best 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 that he received a medical exemption to travel to Australia and continue his pursuit of a record-breaking 21st men’s Grand Slam title. However, questions were raised about the validity of his exemption, and he admitted to make an “error of judgment” by attending public events in December while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. He tested positive.
drive to survive helped to increase the popularity of Formula 1, especially among US spectators. Sneaker execs will certainly expect a similar effect in upcoming documentation. Last year’s US Open drew an average of 796,000 viewers, the second lowest number of views since ESPN secured the rights to the tournament in 2015.
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