Jack Sock: Thriving with Team Spirit | News


Team World’s top scorer, Jack Sock thrives in team sports, which accounts for his impressive results in the Laver Cup competition.

They include winning seven out of nine doubles matches, upsetting Fabio Fognini in Geneva and pushing Rafael Nadal to the limit in the singles meet in Prague, which the Spaniard finished 11-9 in the final set ‘Laver Breaker’.

That’s because, says Sock, the four-time Grand Slam doubles champion, he grew up in Midwest, Nebraska, and “played it all.” When he wasn’t playing sports, he watched it, with a strong preference for team events.

“For the rest of the year, tennis is both an individual and a personal sport,” says Sock. “John [McEnroe] And other young people have grown up doing other sports too, there is something different about it and we all thrive and feed off of each other.”

Captain McEnroe describes Sock as a ‘special component’ of Team World’s 2022 campaign.

“He’s one of the best doubles players in the world, and in singles, he can make big surprises as we saw in Geneva,” says McEnroe.

He brings out the best with whoever he works with in doubles and can handle extreme pressure. It’s no secret that it could be a key to causing turmoil in London. – John McNor

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Sock had a solid season in 2022, returning to the top 100 in the singles on July 11. Putting in the tough arenas on the Challenge Tour, he won in Savannah in April, reached the semi-finals in Nottingham and the final at Ilkley in London.

Before the grass-court swing, Sock unleashed a famous forehand on fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round at Indian Wells and was just two points away from beating the Greek superstar. The following week in Miami, he qualified for the Masters 1000 and lost a tight first-round match to Miomir Kekmanovic.

After a three-year absence from All England Lawn Tennis, Sock played six matches at Wimbledon, three of which he qualified. He beat American Maxime Creasy, ranked No. 45 in the second round, and narrowly lost to Australian Jason Kubler in five sets a few days later.

Jack Sock has been a reliable top scorer for Team World McEnroe captain, in singles and doubles.

Meanwhile in doubles at Wimbledon, Sock reached the men’s quarter-finals with Dennis Kudla and the mixed doubles semi-finals with Coco Gauff.

Sock’s love of the big stage was evident at the US Open, where he took a two-set lead over fellow No. 14 Diego Schwartzman in the first round before suffering a back injury. Sock did not dissuade him from returning to participate in the mixed doubles with Layla Fernandez, where they reached the quarter-finals.

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Sock is a three-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion and has one Grand Slam title in mixed doubles as well as a mixed gold at the Rio Olympics with Bethany Mattek-Sands. In 2018, he was the number 2 doubles player in the world.

While Sock has focused more on singles in the past few years after suffering a career-threatening hand injury, he teamed with John Isner to win the ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and Nick Kyrgios to win in Washington, taking his total doubles career to 17.

Sock on playing the Laver Cup

Sock participated in three Laver Cups and attended the event in Boston as a substitute. He gauges the scale of the opposition in London, he says: “They were all above an astonishing level.”

Still, Sock loves the World Team Chances. “Most of the years we played we had chances,” he says.

“Especially two years. We were there points away from finishing. There was some loss of heartbreak.

“Every year we meet with what we call the great fellowship, with the great team vibes and team energy and atmosphere, the bench is always unruly. I am excited to fight back with an unreal team by our side and see what we can do.

“I have been on tour for a long time now and have played all these guys in the regular ATP events, as well as all my teammates. I think we are excited more than anything to do our best. We have a serious squad again, if we play well there is no reason why we can’t foreground.

“I am excited to get out there and hope to put points on the board for our team. Also show the team why they chose me.”

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