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BREAK POINT: Everything You Need To Know About Tennis’ New Docuseries  

In a first for the sport, a Netflix series covers events that have taken place during this season both on and off the court. 



The start of next year will also see a first for the world of professional tennis. 


After months of filming, the first part of Netflix’s early awaited Break Point docuseries will be broadcasted. A lot has been said about the programme but what are the most important things tennis fans need to know? 

What is Break Point? 

Inspired by the success of Formula One’s acclaimed Drive To Survive, Break Point is the tennis equivalent. The docuseries follows players’ progress on both the men’s and women’s Tour’s during the 2022 season. Looking at their experiences both on and off the court. Tennis officials will be hoping to promote the sport to a wider audience with the focus not being on either the Big Three or the Williams sisters but on other top players.

Who will be featured in the programme?

According to a press release, 15 players will be featured in the TV series. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are not among them but it is possible they could still feature in a minor role. 

Women’s world No.1 Iga Swiatek is involved with the programme documenting her rise in the sport this year. Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari, Sloane Stephens and Ajla Tomljanovic will also feature. 

The ATP side will be represented by Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

There will also be interviews with Paul Annacone, Chris Evert, Patrick Mouratoglou, Toni Nadal, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova. 

What has the producer said about it?

British filmmaker James Gay-Rees is one of the executive producers of Break Point who has received various honours for his work in the industry. Gay-Rees has previously won a Sports Emmy for his work on Formula 1: Drive to Survive, a BAFTA for his involvement in the production of the film Senna which tells the life of F1 racer Aryton Senner and won multiple awards for his work on the film Amy which told the story of late singer Amy Winehouse. 

“You obviously want to keep the core audience happy — the tennis enthusiasts — but if we’re doing our job correctly, then the show should appeal to people who’ve got no interest in tennis at all,” Gay-Rees told The Associated Press. “The pre-‘Drive to Survive’ Formula One demographic might have been described by some people as fairly male, pale and stale. And I think that the show, alongside some other factors, has contributed to the demographic shifting significantly younger for that sport, which is obviously manna from heaven if that’s what your objective was.”

Paul Martin, who was also involved in the making of Drive To Survive, is the other executive producer. 

What have players said?

In a recent interview with Arab News, Italy’s Berrettini was confident that the programme would be a success as it provides fans glimpses of life behind-the-scenes for him and his peers. 

“It’s been fun,” he said of being part of the Netflix project.
“At the beginning I was like, what is this? Obviously when you win it’s always easy to have people around you and stuff but then when you lose, it’s tougher, you want to be by yourself, you don’t want to be bothered. But I was like, if I’m going to do this, I want to do it the right way. And that’s what I tried to do. I think it’s going to be really interesting to show people behind-the-scenes the stuff you don’t usually see.”

Meanwhile, earlier this year Kyrgios said he wanted to take part to break the stigma of tennis being “a very white privileged sport.”

“I loved the fact that I was able to show my path and the way I go about it and how I connect with people,” Kyrgios told the newspaper in April.
“I think it’s a very different side to how people would perceive most tennis players. I think it’s a special thing for other coloured athletes that do want to play tennis to see myself, you know, you have (Frances) Tiafoe out there right now, (Naomi) Osaka, us doing it the way we are doing it.”

Series format and air date

Break Point will debut on Netflix on January 13 2023 which is three days before the start of the Australian Open. 

Each episode will center around a tournament with a focus on a select few players. The first five episodes will cover tournaments that took place at Melbourne Park (Australian Open), Indian Wells, Madrid and Roland Garros. 

EP 1: Australian Open – Kyrgios and Kokkinakis
EP 2: Australian Open – Berrettini and Tomljanovic
EP 3: Indian Wells – Sakkari and Fritz
EP 4: Madrid – Jabeur and Badosa
EP 5: French Open – Auger-Aliassime and Ruud 

Another five episodes will be broadcasted but they will not be available to the public until June. They will cover what went on at Wimbledon, Eastbourne, The Queen’s Club, US Open, WTA Finals and ATP Finals. 


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World Tennis Conference 3: The high-level training for tennis coaches is back



The third edition of the world conference for tennis coaches, organized by GPTCA and Segal Institute, with ATP as institutional sponsor, will be held from 30th of March to 2nd of April. Many big names in the world of tennis are among the speakers, including Toni Nadal, Sergi Bruguera, Brad Gilbert, Gilles Cervara, Magnus Norman and Vincenzo Santopadre. And also Ubitennis.


Published by on 21 March  2023, translated by Massimo Volpati

A well-established high-level training for tennis coaches, teachers and instructors. We are talking about the World Tennis Conference (WTC), the online conference for tennis coaches from all over the world, now at its third edition, which will be held from 30th March to 2nd April 2023. The organization is managed by GPTCA – Global Professional Tennis Coach Association, the world association of tennis coaches recognized by ATP which deals with the training and updating of tennis coaches at an international level, and by SI – Segal Institute, an organization that provides advice and services in the field of tennis. The high quality of the event is confirmed by the presence, for the third consecutive year, of ATP as institutional sponsor, which together with GPTCA certifies the conference as a professional development event for coaches.

World Tennis Conference is designed for tennis coaches from all over the world with the aim of providing, in four intense days of training in e-learning mode, the most exhaustive possible picture of the knowledge, skills and competences that a tennis coach should develop. This edition will feature for the first time the  “NextGen Tennis Coaches programme”. This is an initiative that wants to support the entry of young people into the coaching profession world. This year twelve young coaches, aged not over 30, will be offered a free participation in the event.

The names of the speakers featured at WTC 2023 well illustrate the commitment of GPTCA and Segal Institute to making the conference a key reference event for the training of professional tennis coaches. In fact, 68 speakers – mainly tennis coaches, physical trainers, mental coaches and top-level sports scientists – will take the floor on the virtual stage of WTC.

By sharing their experiences and skills, they will highlight the fundamental aspects required for obtaining excellent tennis performances. Just to mention but a few: famous coaches such as Toni Nadal and Alberto Castellani, Grand Slam champions such as Sergi Bruguera and Pat Cash, as well as former top ten players such as Brad Gilbert, Jimmy Arias, Magnus Norman, Rainer Schuttler and Tommy Haas.

And speaking about current top players coaches, as well as Toni Nadal (who currently is following Auger-Aliassime), WTC 2023 will host Sergi Bruguera (since last year with Zverev), Vincenzo Santopadre (Berrettini’s lifelong coach),  Gilles Cervara, Daniil Medvedev’s coach, Frederic Fontang, head coach of Aliassime, and Michael Russell, Taylor Fritz’s coach. And last but not least, when it comes to excellent performances, the physical trainer of Novak Djokovic: Marco Panichi.

The conference aims to train coaches at 360 degrees, thus also dealing with the skills a coach should develop outside the canonical technical, tactical, physical and mental areas, in order to be able to support his player even more effectively and better organize his manifold activities. Hence the focus on relations with media and  external communication, Topics which, were already discussed during the first edition.

This time also Ubitennis will take part in the virtual stage of WTC. In fact, the Live Panel “Communications Training” will see among the Special Speakers our Director Ubaldo Scanagatta, with his decades of experience as a journalist, reporter and correspondent at over 160 Grand Slams, but also former director of the ATP tournament in Florence, from 1974 to 1979, and our collaborator Ilvio Vidovich, member of the Scientific Committee and press officer of ISMC  (International Sports Mental Coach Association).

The event will take place on the CoachTube e-learning platform. Further information is available on the event website

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Draw of the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage announced in Malaga



The Draw of the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage took place in Malaga on Wednesday afternoon. 


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has confirmed the host nations for the 2023 Davis Cup Finals Group Stage. 

The Unipol Arena in Bologna (Italy) and the Pabellon Municipal Fuente de San Luis in Valencia will return as host venues after staging successful events in 2022. 

Host team Italy will take on defending champions Canada, who won the Davis Cup Trophy for the first time in history beating Australia. The Group A will also feature Sweden and Chile. 

Italy features a potential strong team that includes Jannik Sinner, who reaches the Indian Wells and Miami Open semifinals and the Rotterdam final this year, and 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini. 

Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov helped Canada beat Australia in the final in Malaga last November. 

“In 2022 our unbelievable run in Malaga was a dream come true, and I am extremely proud of what the team and our country managed to accomplish. As we get set the launch our title defence, we expect the pressure to be on us, and we can’t wait to prove to the world that we truly belong at the top. Back-to-back champions has a nice ring to it, and we will do everything we can to keep the Davis Cup in Canada”, said Canadian Davis Cup captain Frank Dancevic.  

Spain will fight for a spot in the knock-out stage against Serbia, Czech Republic and South Korea in Group C in Valencia. The draw set up a possible match-up between the top two players Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, who won the US Open in 2022 and the Australian Open in 2023. Spain beat Serbia in last year’s group stage, when neither Rafa Nadal nor Novak Djokovic took part

Manchester will host Davis Cup matches for the first time since July 1994, when Great Britain took on Romania at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club. The O2 Arena in Manchester will host the Group B which features Great Britain, last year’s finalists Australia, France and Switzerland. 

Croatia will be Group Stage host nation. The venue will be announced soon. Two-time Davis Cup champion Croatia will play against the USA, the Netherlands and Finland. The Finals Group Stage takes place on 12-17 September 2023. The top two teams from each group will reach the Final 8 knock-out stage at the Palacio de Deportes José Maria Martin Carpena in Malaga. On 21-26 November 2023.

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Jannik Sinner beats Emil Ruusuvuori to reach his second semifinal at the Miami Open



Jannik Sinner cruised past Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3 6-1 in 1 hour and 15 minutes in a quarter final match disrupted by rain at the Miami Open inside the Hard Rock Stadium. 


Sinner has won all eight sets he has played at this year’s edition of the Miami Open. He has improved his head-to-head record to 5-0 against Ruusuvuori. He won three of these five matches in Miami in the Round of 16 in 2021 (6-3 6-2) and in the first round in 2022 by the scoreline of 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-8).  

Sinner saved the first break point of the match in the fourth game before breaking Ruusuvuori to take a 3-2 lead. The 21-year-old Italian player hit a backhand return winner to break serve in the ninth game and close the first set 6-3.

Sinner built up a 2-0 lead before the match was interrupted by rain. After a two-hour delay Sinner held serve for 3-0. Sinner sealed the second set 6-1 with a double break at deuce in the sixth game. 

Sinner has improved his record at the Miami Open to 12-2. He finished runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz in the final in 2021. “We both played well today but I won the important points. It’s never easy when you are up and you get interrupted, but I came back and I played well”, said Sinner. 

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