Andy Murray Reveals Why F1 Drive to Survive Like Docuseries Might Not Work in Tennis

Published 12/22/2021, 1:59 AM EST
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after a miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Under the governance of Bernie Ecclestone, Formula 1 was the kind of sport that preferred to keep the ‘behind the scene’ moments away from the viewers’ sight. However, once Liberty Media took over from the Briton, things changed quite drastically, and for the first time ever, Netflix marched into the F1 paddock with freedom.

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Then arrived the game-changing F1 documentary series, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, that got the entire world talking about the sport again. From being exclaimed as one of the most boring motorsport series in the world, F1 shot up to glory and attained its much-deserved recognition.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the start of the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

And here it stands embracing never-seen-before fame not only from Europe but also from the whole of America. Hence, a lot of other sports have started to consider following Formula 1’s footsteps and potentially using the entertainment platform to attract more fan-following.

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But, will it work out? Well, Andy Murray has the answer for Tennis.

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Why DTS won’t work in F1

During an exclusive interview with Eurosport, the 3-time singles Grand Slam winner admitted that he is open to a DTS-like docuseries in Tennis.

I would [be open to a similar docuseries in tennis] because I think that there is huge benefit to the sport,” he said. “I don’t think tennis is open enough to allow access like that. It’s a difficult one because, yeah, it’s brilliant. A lot of people have spoken about Drive to Survive.

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I’ve watched a few episodes myself. I haven’t watched the whole thing but I enjoyed it and, yeah, something like that would be really good for tennis.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville

But for something like that to work, the people that are filming it need to get a lot of access. All of the players need to be comfortable with that. If they see themselves getting rewarded for it – maybe financially – then I’m sure they would be fine with doing it.

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Overall, the whole world is already on the end of their seats awaiting the fourth addition to the DTS series which is likely to air by March next year. 2021 had way too much to offer for the F1 fans, from rivalries to animosity. So, how big of a success is season 4 going to earn?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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