The American youngster Jack Sock is one of the biggest hopes of American tennis and the one who could be the successor of Andy Roddick and hold the American flag reasonably high in the next years. He started playing tennis aged eight, when he found his mother's racquet. "I found some racquets at the house and just started playing and hitting against the garage door." Sock won his first major tournament at the age of 16 at the Pan American Championships and then went on to be the first American to win the Junior US Open Championships since Andy Roddick did in 2000. After going undefeated in high school and winning four Nebraska state championships, Sock decided to pass up college and turn pro in the summer of 2011. Jack Sock was a part of the Adidas team, so got the physical training with Gil Reyes and coaching from some of the best coaches including Darren Cahill. He was also allowed to train with his childhood idol Andre Agassi.
Jack Sock was a four-time Kansas state champion and finished his high school career undefeated with an impressive 80-0 record. He has been considered a big hope of American tennis since his win at the 2010 US Open in juniors competition, where he defeated fellow countryman Denis Kudla in the final. He firstly failed to fulfil these high expectations but still recorded his first Grand Slam win at the 2011 US Open, defeating French veteran Marc Gicquel before loosing to his idol Andy Roddick in the next round. Sock's real breakthrough came in the mixed doubles, however, where he won the title with fellow American Melanie Oudin and became the Grand Slam champion at the very young age. Sock finished his first year as a professional tennis player ranked as world No. 387.
His progress continued in the 2012 that was highlighted by Sock's third round display at his favourite tournament, the US Open Championships, where he defeated Florian Mayer and Cipolla before loosing to Almagro in close four sets. At this event he also recorded a worthy win over top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in doubles competition (in pair with fellow American Steve Johnson). In the final two months of the 2012 season Sock reached his first two ATP Challenger Tour finals, winning at Tiburon and finishing as runner-up in Champaign. These results helped him rise to the Top 150 for the first time in his career.
Sock had a slow start to 2013 but reached his second-career ATP World Tour quarterfinal in Memphis and got his career-first victory on a Grand Slam tournament outside the American soil, defeating Garcia Lopez in the first round of the 2013 French Open. Later that year he returned to the United States to win his second ATP Challenger Tour level title in Winnetka in July, allowing him to break into the Top 100 for the first time in his career and reach his career-high ranking of world No. 74. At the US Open, Jack Sock defeated Petzschner and Maximo Gonzalez before loosing to Tipsarevic, and successfully defended his third-round points from last season and finished the year ranked just outside the Top100. "Winning a couple of matches the last two years on that level definitely helps my confidence, helps me in moving forward, and helps me when I come back down to the Challenger level."
Jack Sock is primarily a aggressive baseliner with some occasional serve and volley play, with his second serve being one of the most consistent out of the younger generation. Sock's game is built around that massive serve and a crowd-pleasing forehand, which he loves to slap with heavy topspin after running around his more pedestrian backhand. "I play a pretty physical game, trying to run around and hit a lot of forehands, using my serve, and using my legs on my serve," commented American youngster on his game. Sock also isn't afraid to sneak to net behind that big forehand to knock off volleys, nor to mix in touch drop shots and offspeed serves to offset all that power. He has excellent touch at the net, being able to hit volley winners with ease.
His favourite surfaces are clay and hard, and shot is his forehand and it surely will not surprise anyone that his favourite tournament is the US Open Championships.
- Date of Birth: September 24, 1992
- Nation: United States
- Height: 185 cm
- Weight: 82 kg
- Turned Pro: 2010
- Plays: Right-handed