Netflix Cancels ‘Break Point’ Tennis Reality Series After Two Seasons

Netflix has canceled “Break Point,” the reality-based professional tennis limited series, reportedly due to poor ratings and difficulty accessing select players competing globally on the ATP and WTA tours.

The series, which is produced by the same company (Box to Box Films) responsible for Netflix’s successful Formula 1 “Drive to Survive” and “Tour de France: Unchained” series, among others, never tracked in the streamer’s weekly Top 10 following season launches in January 2023 and 2024.

Specifically, published reports say series producers grew weary having to deal with players’ agents for access. Indeed, some critical behind-the-scenes storylines — which drive all of Netflix’s sports programming decisions — were missed, including longtime world No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s unsuccessful effort to compete in the 2022 Australian Open after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

By comparison, Netflix’s foray into stock car racing, “NASCAR: Full Speed” ranked No. 9 with 1.5 million views in its debut week, ended Feb. 4, following the show’s Jan. 30 release.

The current sixth season of “Drive to Survive” ranked as No. 8 with 2.9 million views following its Feb. 23 debut and the first season of Payton Manning’s “Quarterback” NFL reality series ranked No. 6 (3.3 million views), No. 7 (2.9 million views), and No. 7 (1.7 million views) for three consecutive weeks.

No word yet on the streamer’s continued interest in professional bicycle racing. The streamer’s inside look at the 2022 Tour de France bicycle race, “Unchained,” failed to register in the weekly top 10 following its June 8, 2023, debut, leading to speculation about whether the service will send a production company to the 2024 event, with the final celebratory stage taking place outside the Paris city limits for the first time since 1905 due to a conflict with the Paris Summer Olympics.

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