Jack Sock playing at Roland Garros 2013
September 24, 1992 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||43–43 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (January 12, 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 45 (March 23, 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||3R (2012, 2013)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (March 23, 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 10 (March 23, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||3R (2014)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||W (2011)|
|Last updated on: November 20, 2014.|
Jack Sock (born September 24, 1992) is an American tennis player. He won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin, and the boys' junior US Open championship in 2010. He won the 2014 Wimbledon doubles with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
- 1 Personal
- 2 Junior career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Playing style
- 5 Significant finals
- 6 ATP career finals
- 7 Singles performance timeline
- 8 Doubles performance timeline
- 9 Wins over top-10 players
- 10 References
- 11 External links
As a junior, Sock reached as high as No. 22 in the world combined rankings in October 2010. He played his first ITF junior tournament in October 2008, aged 16, at the Pan American Championships. In 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. 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. 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.
|Junior Grand Slam Tournaments|
Sock began playing in Futures tournaments in 2009, winning his first senior tournament on that circuit in November 2009. He entered his first qualifying draw for an ATP tournament at the 2010 Miami Masters. His first main-draw match as a professional came at the 2010 US Open, where he lost to Marco Chiudinelli. Sock finished the 2010 season ranked 878th in the world.
In 2011, he reached the final of the USA F3 tournament. 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. 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. 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. His most successful tournament was the Sacramento Challenger, in which he reached in the quarterfinals of the singles tournament and, partnering Nicholas Monroe, the final of the doubles tournament. Sock finished 2011 ranked no. 381 in the singles, and no. 370 in the doubles.
In 2012, Sock won the Futures tournament at Plantation, as well as losing in the doubles final. 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.
Jack 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 number 7 seed of the tournament, Alex Bogomolov, Jr.. He made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to John Isner. At the US Open, Sock defeated the number 22 seed, Florian Mayer, in the first round when Mayer retired. He then went on to defeat world number 85 Flavio Cipolla of Italy in straight sets, setting up his first ever Grand Slam third round match against 11th seed Nicolás Almagro, however he was defeated in 4 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.
Sock had a slow start to 2013, losing in the qualifying of the Brisbane International and the 2013 Australian Open. However, he received a wildcard entry into the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, in which he gained his first wins of the season in reaching the quarter-final, the second of his career. 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. Sock made it through three rounds of qualifying without dropping a set to get into 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 the 35 year old veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets. 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 2nd career Challenger level title in Winnetka, IL 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 lost to 18th seed Janko Tipsarević in the third round. Following the US Open, his career ranking rose to 86.
Jack began his 2014 campaign in Auckland, opening his campaign against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. His aggressive playing style was too much for his opponent, winning in straight sets to set up a match with German second seed Tommy Haas. In a considerable upset, Sock defeated the world number 12 in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. There he faced Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, however 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 number 7 Gaël Monfils in the second round.
At Wimbledon, he teamed with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win the Men's Doubles in a five set final against the Number one seeds, Bob and Mike Bryan.
In December, he underwent hip surgery, sidelining him for the start of the 2015 season.
Jack Sock is primarily an aggressive baseliner. He can be considered a complete baseliner with both offensive and defensive abilities at the same time. His incredible topspin on the forehand side helps him move his opponents far back behind the baseline to control points. He is a classic American-Style player. His forehand and serve are his biggest weapons and he also boasts an impressive second serve. He hits with a large amount of spin, especially on his forehand and kick serve, and can use this to control points. He can use his groundstrokes to either overpower opponents from the baseline, or move them around the court and look for a winner. He is also capable of flattening 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, currently ranked number 3 in the world, 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.”
Jack 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.
He has excellent touch at net, being able to hit volley winners with ease. While he does not come to net often, in recent months he has played a great deal of doubles, both improving his net game and showcasing his impressive reflexes. This improved net game helped him and Vasek Pospisil win the 2014 Wimbledon Doubles title.
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 caused a hole in his sock and shoe, and drew blood, at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.
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.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2014||Wimbledon||Grass||Vasek Pospisil|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6, 7–5|
Mixed doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2011||US Open||Hard||Melanie Oudin|| Gisela Dulko
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [10–8]|
ATP career finals
Doubles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||February 24, 2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States||Hard (i)||James Blake|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||1.||March 3, 2013||Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, United States||Hard||James Blake|| Max Mirnyi
|Winner||2.||July 7, 2014||Wimbledon, United Kingdom||Grass||Vasek Pospisil|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6, 7–5|
|Winner||3.||July 27, 2014||Atlanta Tennis Championships, United States||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Steve Johnson
|6–3, 5–7, [10–5]|
|Runner-up||2.||August 17, 2014||Cincinnati Masters, United States||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Bob Bryan
|Runner-up||3.||October 19, 2014||If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Treat Huey|| Eric Butorac
|Winner||4.||March 21, 2015||Indian Wells Masters, United States||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Simone Bolelli
|6–4, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q1||2R||A||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||3R||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||Q1||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|US Open||1R||2R||3R||3R||1R||0 / 5||5–5||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–1||2–1||3–2||4–4||0–0||0 / 9||10–9||53%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||1R||1R||1R||4R||0 / 4||3–4||43%|
|Miami Masters||Q1||1R||A||Q2||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||0%|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||0%|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||Q1||0 / 0||0–0||0%|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||Q2||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||Q1||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||Q2||3R||0 / 1||2–1||67%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–1||0–2||5–6||3–1||0 / 11||8–11||42%|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0 / 0||0–0||0.00|
|Year End Ranking||878||381||150||102||42||$1,608,211|
Doubles performance timeline
This table is current through the 2014 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Wins over top-10 players
Wins over top-10 players per season
|1.||Kei Nishikori||6||Shanghai, China||Hard||2R||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
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- Activity – Jack Sock ITF. Accessed September 9, 2011
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- 2010 SONY ERICSSON OPEN SINGLES AND DOUBLES DRAWS Sony Ericsson Open. Accessed September 9, 2011
- SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ATP RANKINGS HISTORY ATP. Accessed September 9, 2011
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- "Sock falls in Champaign Challenger final". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- "Jack Sock re-emerges with Memphis run". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Oddo, Chris. "Lopez's 300th Win Knocks Sock out of Memphis". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- "B.Bryan/M.Bryan – J.Blake/J.Sock Match Result". Tennis Databank. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Jack Sock at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Jack Sock at the International Tennis Federation
- Jack Sock at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile