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Auger-Aliassime laughs off ‘Netflix curse’ at Australian Open

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Auger-Aliassime laughs off ‘Netflix curse’ at Australian Open

STILL FIGHTING. Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates another win at the Australian Open.

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‘Maybe the players that lost, maybe they do feel like it's connected somehow,’ says Canadian player Felix Auger-Aliassime of the supposed Netflix curse

MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime could see the funny side of a supposed Netflix curse that is plaguing competitors at the Australian Open after several players who featured in the docu-series “Break Point” suffered early eliminations.

Casper Ruud, Ons Jabeur, and Matteo Berrettini were among the players featured in Netflix series to exit this year’s tournament early, while Nick Kyrgios, Paula Badosa, and Ajla Tomljanovic were forced to pull out before it began.

Sixth seed Auger-Aliassime, who also featured in the show, came close to a humbling exit in the second round earlier this week, before securing a thrilling five-set comeback win over Slovakian Alex Molcan.

When asked about the “curse” after his third-round win over Francisco Cerundolo on Friday, the 22-year-old told reporters: “My girlfriend showed me today. I wasn’t aware.

“I was aware that players were losing, I’d see players were losing, but it didn’t cross my mind until, yeah, she showed me the thing this morning. I thought it was funny.

“I don’t know. I don’t think it’s connected. Maybe the players that lost, maybe they do feel like it’s connected somehow. I don’t think they do. But, yeah, so funny how things work out sometimes.”

Taylor Fritz, another player who appeared in the docu-series, also played down talk of a curse earlier this week, before being eliminated in the second round.

Netflix jokingly addressed the notion of a curse on Twitter, retweeting an image of the players that are no longer in contention at the Australian Open with the caption: “To clarify: this is purely a coincidence…” Rappler.com

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