Jack Sock: Thriving Through Team Spirit | news

Jack Sock, the highest points scorer for Team World, thrives in team sports, which is responsible for his stellar results in the Laver Cup competition.

They won seven of nine doubles matches, upset Fabio Fognini in Geneva and pushed Rafael Nadal in their Prague singles encounter, which the Spaniard won 11-9 in the final set ‘Laver Breaker’.

That’s because, says Sock, the holder of four Grand Slam doubles titles, he grew up in Midwest Nebraska and “I played everything.” When he wasn’t playing sports, he would watch them, with a strong fondness for team events.

“For the rest of the year, tennis is such an individualized, personalized sport,” says Sock. “John [McEnroe] and the other guys grew up playing other sports too so there’s something different about it and we all thrive and feed each other.”

Captain McEnroe describes Sock as a “special ingredient” for Team World’s 2022 campaign.

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

He gets the best out of everyone he works with in doubles and can handle the intense pressure. It’s no secret that he could be the key to causing a stir in London. – John McEnore

How it is going

Sock had a solid season in 2022, returning to the top 100 in singles on July 11. He prevailed on the Challenger Tour, winning Savannah in April and reaching the semi-finals at Nottingham and the final at Ilkley in London.

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

After a three-year absence from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Sock played six games at Wimbledon, three of them qualifying. In the second round he fought past the American Maxime Cressy in 45th place and a few days later narrowly lost in five sets to the Australian Jason Kubler.

Jack Sock has been a reliable points scorer for team world captain McEnroe, in both singles and doubles.

Meanwhile, in doubles at Wimbledon, Sock reached the men’s quarterfinals with Denis Kudla and the mixed doubles semifinals with Coco Gauff.

Socks’ love of the big stage was evident at the US Open, where he held a two-set lead over teammate No. 14 Diego Schwartzman in the first round before succumbing to a back injury. Undeterred, Sock returned for the mixed doubles teaming with Leylah Fernandez where they advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Sock is a three-time men’s doubles Grand Slam champion and has a Grand Slam title in mixed doubles and a gold in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In 2018 he was the second-ranked doubles player in the world.

While Sock has focused more on singles in recent years following a career-threatening hand injury, he has partnered with John Isner to win the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Nick Kyrgios to win in Washington, launching his career in the Doubles overall advances 17.

Playing sock at the Laver Cup

Sock has competed in three Laver Cups and attended the Boston event as a substitute. Assessing the opposition for London, he says: “They were all beyond incredible.”

Still, Sock appreciates Team World’s chances. “Most of the years we’ve played we’ve had chances,” he says.

“Especially in two of the years. We were right there just to finish points. There were some heartbreaking losses.

“Every year we come together with what we call great camaraderie with great team vibes, team energy and atmosphere, the bench is always wild. I look forward to playing alongside an unreal team again and seeing what we can do.

“I’ve been on tour for a long time now and have played all these guys in regular ATP events as well as all my teammates. I think we’re more excited than anything to do our best. We’re a dangerous team again, if we play well there’s no reason why we can’t win.

“I’m thrilled to get out of there and hopefully get some points for our team. Also show the team why they chose me.”

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