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Is there a Netflix curse on Australian Open tennis players?

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis is abuzz with specious talk of the “curse of Netflix” during the Australian Open, drawing a line from the streaming service’s new docuseries about the sport to the final turbulent times of the season-one champions.

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Of the 10 players who featured prominently in the five episodes released last week, right before the start of play at Melbourne Park, only one player remained in singles competition ahead of Saturday: 22-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada.

Number 6 Auger-Aliassime, a 2021 US Open semi-finalist, said he wasn’t aware this was even a topic of conversation until Friday, when his girlfriend turned it on.

“I thought it was funny,” he said after beating 28th seed Francesco Sirondolo 6-1 3-6 6-1 6-4 to reach the fourth round. “I don’t know; I don’t think it’s connected. … Maybe the players who lose, maybe they feel connected in some way. I don’t think they do. I don’t think it’s connected, anyway.”

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