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Courts in Session – Netflix returns another season of its popular reality show and features North Carolinian Tommy Paul

1 January 0001 By
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(Winston-Salem, N.C.) – Break Point is the Netflix documentary, created by the team behind the hit series F1: Drive to Survive, that allows fans to see what’s going on behind the baseline and in between the ears on the grueling ATP and WTA tours.


Season 2 dropped just four days before the Australian Open’s 2024 installment, and many of its stars, including North Carolina’s own Tommy Paul, were coming off a dramatic 2023 season. 


Paul enjoyed the best season of his career and is featured alongside three of his compatriots – Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, and Ben Shelton – all of whom are currently ranked inside the top 20.


The second season begins with a look at last year’s Australian Open, where Paul reached the semi-finals and began his breakout year. The show also highlights the unique relationship the 26-year-old has with his mother, Jill MacMillan, who raced to catch a flight to watch her son compete.


“He had some tough times,” she says on the show. “I remember some gut-wrenching phone calls like, ‘Mom, what am I doing?’ It broke my heart,” she said.


MacMillian played on the East Carolina University tennis team and was Paul’s first coach. 

“[Tommy] was watching Frances and Taylor just killing it. It made him kind of doubt that he had what it took. But now, I’m just so thrilled to see it coming together,” she added.


Break Point also looks at the battle for the American No. 1 – a spot that Paul, Fritz and Tiafoe have been vying for and now face another challenge in the rising star of Ben Shelton.


Winston-Salem Open Tournament Director Jeff Ryan has enjoyed relationships with American stars over the years, thanks to his background with the United States Tennis Association.


“We have been lucky enough to host Tommy, Taylor and Frances in Winston-Salem, and they are some really solid guys. I think American men’s tennis is in talented hands, and it’s great to watch them on the world’s biggest stages,” he said.


All six episodes of Break Point are available now to steam on Netflix.