Maria Sakkari can be added to the list of athletes who have fallen prey to the dreaded “Netflix curse”. This phenomenon is based on the idea that an athlete’s performance declines after they appear on popular streaming platforms such as Netflix. The Greek tennis player recently lost in the third round of the Madrid Open, to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic despite leading 5-1 in the third set.
The Netflix curse has been blamed for athletes such as former world number one Naomi Osaka and NBA player Donovan Mitchell underperforming after appearing on popular streaming platforms. It is thought that they become distracted by the attention and are unable to focus on their game.
Despite the setback, Maria Sakkari has remained positive and even joked about wanting to be part of “the Netflix curse club”. She also praised her opponent for being a great player and congratulated her on the win.
It is clear that the Netflix curse is a real phenomenon which affects many athletes, and Maria Sakkari is the latest victim. Athletes need to stay focused in order to avoid becoming another statistic of this modern-day curse. Hopefully Maria will be able to overcome her current setback and continue striving for excellence on court.