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Jack Sock

Jack Sock
Jack Sock Citi Open full zoom.png
Sock at the 2017 Citi Open
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Born (1992-09-24) September 24, 1992 (age 25)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Jay Berger
Prize money US$8,847,996
Singles
Career record 158–114 (58.09% in Grand Slam, ATP Tour and Davis Cup)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 8 (20 November 2017)
Current ranking No. 14 (18 June 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2017)
French Open 4R (2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2016)
US Open 4R (2016)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2017)
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 137–68 (66.83% in Grand Slam and ATP Tour and Davis Cup)
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 6 (11 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 27 (18 June 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2016)
French Open QF (2015)
Wimbledon W (2014)
US Open 3R (2014)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2017)
US Open W (2011)
Team competitions
Davis Cup QF (2016, 2017)
Hopman Cup F (2017)
Last updated on: 21 June 2018.

Jack Sock (born September 24, 1992) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 14 in men's singles as of June 18, 2018 and reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 on November 20, 2017. He is the third-ranked American in singles and one of the top-ranked Americans in doubles on the ATP Tour. A former junior US Open champion, Sock's singles success is highlighted by his victory at the 2017 Paris Masters tournament and an appearance in the semifinals at the 2017 ATP Finals.

Sock regularly played doubles with Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil until July 2016, and together they won the 2014 Wimbledon Grand Slam championship, a victory that helped vault them into the Top 10 of the ATP doubles rankings. Additionally, he won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with fellow U.S. player Melanie Oudin. He has won four career ATP singles titles and eleven doubles titles.

At the 2016 Olympics, he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and captured a bronze medal in the men's doubles with Steve Johnson.

Personal life

Sock moved from Nebraska to Kansas at the age of 12 with his mother and his older brother Eric to train at the Mike Wolf Tennis Academy, while his father stayed in Lincoln to continue working at his job as a financial advisor.[2]

He graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas and finished his KSHSAA 6A high school tennis career with an 80–0 record and four consecutive state championships in singles.[3] In high school, he also played doubles with his brother Eric, and the two won the team state championship together in Jack's sophomore year.[4] Jack went on to win two more team state championships after Eric graduated and began playing college tennis at the University of Nebraska.[5] Jack and Eric also played doubles once at the ATP Tour level as a wildcard entry in the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open.[6]

Philanthrophy

Sock appeared at the Match for Africa 5 alongside Roger Federer, Bill Gates, and Savannah Guthrie on March 5, 2018, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. This friendly, best-of-three sets, charity exhibition match, raised $2.5 million to benefit children’s education in Africa, with net proceeds going to the Roger Federer Foundation. Federer won the singles match 7–6, 6–4 and the doubles match 6–3.[7][8]

Junior career

As a junior, Sock reached No. 22 in the world combined rankings in October 2010. He played his first ITF junior tournament in October 2008, at age 16, at the Pan American Championships.[9] At the 2009 US Open, his third junior tournament, he reached the semifinals of the junior doubles with Matthew Kandath, and the third round of the junior singles.

Sock played relatively infrequently on the junior circuit, however, entering just two further tournaments: the Dunlop Orange Bowl in 2009 and the junior singles at the 2010 U.S. Open.[10] At this tournament, he received a wildcard entry, but proceeded to the final. There, he defeated fellow American Denis Kudla in three sets, to become the first American winner of the junior championships since Andy Roddick in 2000.[11] He won the Boy's Junior National Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011, earning a wildcard in both years for the main draw of the US Open.

Professional career

Early career

Sock began playing in Futures tournaments in 2009, winning his first senior tournament on that circuit in November 2009.[12] He entered his first qualifying draw for an ATP tournament at the 2010 Miami Masters.[13] His first main-draw match as a professional came at the 2010 US Open, where he lost to Marco Chiudinelli.[11] Sock finished the 2010 season ranked 878th in the world.[14]

In 2011, he reached the final of the USA F3 tournament.[15] He also began to play in a few tournaments at Challenger level, with his biggest success being a quarterfinal at the Dallas Challenger. He also competed in the main draw of the 2011 Miami Masters. As 2010 US Junior champion, he received a wildcard into the 2011 US Open, winning his first ATP match against Marc Gicquel in four sets. He advanced to play his idol Andy Roddick, a fellow Nebraskan in the second round; however, he lost in straight sets.[16] Sock's real breakthrough came in the mixed doubles, however, where he advanced to the final alongside Melanie Oudin, defeating the defending champions Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber in the second round.[17] In the final, Sock and Oudin defeated Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank in three sets to win their first Grand Slam title, both individually and together.

After winning his first Grand Slam title, Sock returned to competing on the Challenger Tour.[18] His most successful tournament was the Sacramento Challenger, in which he reached the quarterfinals of the singles tournament and, partnering Nicholas Monroe, the final of the doubles tournament.[19] Sock finished 2011 ranked No. 381 in singles and No. 370 in the doubles.

In 2012, Sock won the Futures tournament at Plantation, as well as losing in the doubles final.[20] Stepping back up to the Challenger level, he competed at the Honolulu Challenger, making the quarterfinals of the singles tournament and, alongside Nick Monroe, once again made the final of the doubles tournament.[21]

Sock played in the 2012 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, and lost in the second round to Izak van der Merwe. Sock's next tournament was the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open. He upset the seventh seed, Alex Bogomolov, Jr.. He made it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to John Isner. At the US Open, Sock defeated the 22nd seed, Florian Mayer, in the first round when Mayer retired. He then went on to defeat world No. 85 Flavio Cipolla of Italy in straight sets, setting up his first ever Grand Slam third round match against 11th seed Nicolás Almagro,[22] but was defeated in four sets. In the final two months of the 2012 season, Sock reached his first two Challenger Tour finals, winning at Tiburon in October and finishing as runner-up in the November Champaign-Urbana Challenger. These finals helped him rise to the top 150 for the first time.[23]

2013: Top 100

Sock playing at the 2013 French Open

Sock had a slow start to 2013, losing in qualifying at the Brisbane International and the 2013 Australian Open.[24] However, he received a wildcard entry into the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, in which he gained his first wins of the season, reaching the quarterfinals for the second time in his career.[25] In the doubles competition at the same tournament, Sock teamed up with James Blake, also a wildcard entry, reaching the final, where the pair lost to the Bryan Brothers.[26] Sock made it through three rounds of qualifying without dropping a set to enter the main draw of the 2013 French Open. In the first round, he defeated the accomplished player Guillermo García-López in only 1 hour and 59 minutes. He then lost to 35-year-old veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets.[27] He tried to qualify for Wimbledon for the first time, but although seeded second, lost to Mischa Zverev. He returned to the US to win his second career Challenger level title in Winnetka, Illinois on July 6, allowing him to break into the top 100 for the first time in his career. At the US Open, he defeated Philipp Petzschner in the first round, going 5 games to 2 up in the third set before Petzschner retired. Sock then went on to beat Maximo Gonzalez, However, he lost to 18th seed Janko Tipsarević in the third round. Following the US Open, his ranking rose to No. 86.

2014: Grand Slam doubles title

Sock began his 2014 campaign in Auckland against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. His aggressive playing style was too much for his opponent, and he won in straight sets to set up a match with German second seed Tommy Haas. In a considerable upset, Sock defeated the world No. 12 in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. There he faced Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, but lost in straight sets. He then gained his first direct entry into the Australian Open main draw, after having failed to qualify the previous year. He started strongly, defeating German Tobias Kamke in four sets in his opening match, before losing to former world No. 7 Gaël Monfils in the second round.

At the Wimbledon, Sock at the last moment teamed up with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, and they won the men's doubles title in a five-set final against the top seeds, Bob and Mike Bryan.

Sock beat Bernard Tomic and world No. 6 Kei Nishikori to reach the third round of the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

In December, he underwent hip surgery, sidelining him for the start of the 2015 season.[28]

2015: Top 25, First ATP singles title

Jack Sock Nice 2014

After missing the first two months of 2015 ATP season, Sock made his return at 2015 BNP Paribas Open. He won his first three matches, including victories over seeded players Gilles Muller and Roberto Bautista Agut. He lost in the fourth round to second seed Roger Federer in straight sets. In doubles, he resumed his partnership with Pospisil to win their first Masters level tournament.

His second tournament was the 2015 Miami Open, in which he won his first two matches, including beating 21st seed Fabio Fognini, before losing to Dominic Thiem in the third round. He made the doubles final, again partnering with Pospisil, but lost in a third-set tiebreaker to the Bryan brothers.

Sock continued his successful start to the year by winning his first ATP tournament, the 2015 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. En route to the title, he knocked off second seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, fifth seed, Santiago Giraldo, third seed Kevin Anderson, and defeated eighth seed Sam Querrey in the final. He then competed in the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open in Spain, advancing to the second round by beating wildcard Pablo Andujar in straight sets, before losing to 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.[29]

At the French Open, Sock upset 10th seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the first round in straight sets. He continued his run by beating Pablo Carreño Busta in four sets and teenager Borna Ćorić in straight sets. At age 22, He became the youngest American to reach the round of 16 at the French Open since Pete Sampras in 1993. In the fourth round, he lost in four sets to defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Sock collapsed at the US Open, and was forced to retire against Ruben Bemelmans despite being ahead in the match.[30][31]

On November 2, Sock reached the top 25 for the first time in his career. For the second straight year, he and Pospisil finished 9th in the ATP Doubles Race to London rankings, just barely failing to qualify for the year-end championship tournament.

2016: Olympic Doubles medals, American No. 1

Sock began his season at the 2016 Hopman Cup, representing the USA alongside Serena Williams, who was ultimately replaced by Victoria Duval due to injury. In the round-robin stage, Sock's only singles win was over Jiří Veselý. Sock and Duval recorded wins in the mixed doubles over Ukraine and the Czech Republic. They did not proceed to the final.

At the Auckland Open, Sock reached his third career ATP final by beating a top-10 player David Ferrer for the second time in his career, despite losing the first set and battling flu-like symptoms. He ended up retiring in the final due to that illness.[32] Sock began the clay-court season by reaching his second consecutive final in Houston, but was unable to defend his title after struggling with an injury in the last set of the final.

Sock played in all three tennis competitions at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Despite losing in the first round in singles, he earned a bronze medal in doubles with Steve Johnson and a gold medal in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

At the Shanghai Masters, Sock defeated Milos Raonic for the first time in their last nine matches to reach his first career Masters quarterfinal. With this run, he became the top-ranked American for the first time in his career.

2017: Top 10, Masters title, ATP Finals berth

Once again, Sock opened up the season with the Hopman Cup and the Auckland Open. He reached the final at the Hopman Cup with Coco Vandeweghe while dropping just one set in the three round-robin matches, but lost in the final to the French team of Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic. Sock then followed this performance with an even better result at the Auckland Open by reaching the final for the second year in a row, this time winning the title against João Sousa. With the win, he moved into the top 20 for the first time. Sock finished his stretch down under by making his first appearance in the third round of the Australian Open, where he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In February, Sock returned home to the United States where he helped the Davis Cup team sweep their 1st-round rubber against Switzerland. At the end of the month, he played at the Delray Beach Open and won his second title in two months after Milos Raonic withdrew from the final with a hamstring injury. This title took Sock to a career high of 18 in the ATP rankings. Sock continued his impressive streak of deep runs in Masters events by reaching his first career Masters semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Along the way, he upset No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 5 Kei Nishikori, the latter of which was his first career victory over a Top 5 opponent.

After a relatively quiet middle of the season, Sock finished the year strong by winning the biggest tournament of his career at the Paris Masters, defeating Filip Krajinović in the final. He became the first American to win a Masters event since Andy Roddick won the Miami Masters in 2010, and the first to win the Paris Masters since Andre Agassi in 1999. This result was particularly impressive because Sock was a game away from going out in his first match, when he was down 5–1 to Kyle Edmund in the third set. With the win, Sock also made his debut in the Top 10, finished the year as the top-ranked American, and qualified for the 2017 ATP Finals. He is the first American to qualify for the year-end championships in singles since Mardy Fish in 2011.[33]

In the final tournament of the year, Sock rebounded from an opening match loss to Roger Federer to finish second in the Boris Becker group. In the round robin, he won matches against World No. 5 Marin Čilić and then World No. 3 Sascha Zverev, the latter of which was the first Top 3 opponent he ever defeated. Although Sock would lose to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals, the two wins solidified his year-end ranking in the Top 10 at No. 8 in the world.

2018

Coming off a shorter off-season due to his appearance at the ATP Finals, Sock was unable to match his success at the Hopman Cup and the Auckland Open from the previous year. Struggling with fitness issues, he won just one match between those two tournaments and the Australian Open, where he lost in the first round to Yūichi Sugita for the third time in the last six months.[34][35] In particular, the tournament organizers in Auckland criticized Sock for showing a lack of effort in his match against Peter Gojowczyk and considered withholding the $100,000 appearance fee they promised him for playing in the event.[36]

Sock's poor start to the season continued at the 2018 Delray Beach Open, where as the top seed and defending champion he lost in the second round to Reilly Opelka ranked number 228. However, he did win the doubles title, partnering with Jackson Withrow.

Sock's singles struggles continued into Indian Wells and Miami. In singles at the BNP Paribas Open, Sock recorded a 6-2, 7-5 win over Thomas Fabbiano in the round of 64, but then fell 6-7,6-4, 4-6 to Feliciano Lopez. However, Sock won the doubles title with his partner, John Isner, after recording impressive victories over Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, and Bob and Mike Bryan. In singles at the Miami Open, Sock recorded a 6-3, 7-6 win over Yuki Bhambri the round of 64, but then fell 7-5, 6-7, 3-6 to rising star, Borna Coric. Sock and his partner, Nicholas Monroe, failed to record a win in doubles with a 1-6, 6-7 loss to Jean-Julian Roger and Horia Tecau in the round 32.

Sportsmanship

On several occasions, Sock has conceded points where he believed the linesperson made an incorrect call.

One particular instance of this sportsmanship came at the 2016 Hopman Cup.[37][38] During the match against Lleyton Hewitt, Hewitt was serving to stay in the first set when his first serve at 30–0 was called out by the chair umpire. Prior to Hewitt hitting his second serve, Sock said: "That was in if you want to challenge it." The review showed the serve to be in, giving Hewitt the point.

Later in the year, Sock awarded a point to Richard Gasquet at the Paris Masters on an ace that was called out, saving Gasquet the need to use a challenge. The review confirmed that the serve did land in the box on the line.[39]

Playing style

Sock is primarily an aggressive baseliner. He can be considered a complete baseliner with both offensive and defensive abilities. The topspin on his forehand side helps him move his opponents far back behind the baseline to control points. His forehand and serve are his biggest weapons, and he also boasts an impressive second serve. He uses his groundstrokes either to overpower opponents from the baseline or to move them around the court and look for a winner. He can also flatten out both his forehand and his backhand to devastating effect, but Sock prefers to hit with controlled spin instead. He often hits "whiplash" forehands, where he uses his body-rotation and elbow to generate tremendous pace and topspin with a minimal take back.

Retired American tennis player Andy Roddick has remarked that he and young Sock have similar playing styles, saying, "[Sock] kind of has the half take up with the serve. He's got the flailing elbow on the forehand and the backhand." Sock feels that he and Spaniard Rafael Nadal actually have a more similar playing style, stating in an interview last year that "Nadal prefers the forehand to the backhand and hits with incredible spin. I also like to hit with more spin than pace and prefer my forehand."[40]

Sock has a very strong service game, being able to hit serves at speeds of up to 227 km/h (141 mph). He is able to also hit very powerful and consistent kick serves.

Furthermore, Sock is very fast around the court, and is particularly good at running around his backhand to hit powerful inside-in or inside-out forehands. His great court speed allows him to retrieve many shots and use his forehand, his main weapon from the baseline, more frequently. Sock aggressively slides his left foot on the ground when running to his forehand, which wore a hole in his sock and shoe, and drew blood, at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.[citation needed]

Some commentators have remarked that his technique on the forehand, while quite effective, actually hinders his ability to hit returns well. If Sock has a successful singles career, it will be in spite of, not because of, his technique, according to retired American tennis champion and now commentator Jim Courier.[citation needed]

Career statistics

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Grand Slam tournaments performance timeline

Current through 2018 French Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A Q1 2R A 2R 3R 1R 0 / 4 4–4 50%
French Open A A A 2R 3R 4R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 6 8–6 57%
Wimbledon A A A Q1 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 4 4–4 50%
US Open 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 8 9–8 53%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 4–4 4–3 8–4 3–4 0–2 0 / 22 25–22 53%

Year-End Championship performance timeline

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify SF 0 / 1 2–2 50%

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