Former world No. 8 Jack Sock is determined to return to return to his old form. Sock, now ranked at No. 201 in the world, won the Paris Masters in 2017 and made the Nitto ATP Finals semifinals but then his form dipped and in 2019 he tore ligaments in his thumb.
“We sat down after I came back from my thumb surgery, and then obviously with COVID-19 we definitely sat down – [my coach, Alex Bogomolov], my wife, everyone – and said, if we’re going to do this then the goal is to be competing to win tournaments and be one of the best players in the world,” Sock told the ATP website.
“If not, if that doesn’t happen, then I’ve done a lot in the sport and I’m proud of it. But there’s not much point in wasting time if you’re not ready to go after it again. “My goal is definitely to do everything in my power to be the best I can in singles again, and then see what happens...
I’m excited to show everybody where I’m at and that I’m back and ready to go”.
Sock got married
Sock moved on from Nebraska to his wife's hometown in Charlotte. “When we took the next step in getting engaged and started planning the wedding, trying to find a home in Charlotte and moving into a new home during the pandemic...
it was tough,” Sock reflected. “But in a way, it would have been even tougher if the season was normal and we were trying to do it in between tournaments. So it was actually kind of nice to know we’d be home for a while and be able to enjoy it”.
“Every time I post something related to tennis, I would get comments saying ‘Wait, I thought you retired?’ or ‘When are you playing tennis again?’ or whatever,” he said. “It was just kind of funny, to be honest.
Obviously, I knew I was about to start playing again”. In Newport, Sock made the quarterfinal as a wild card. In the Newport doubles event, Sock won it all with fellow compatriot William Blumberg. “That was huge, in terms of confidence,” Sock said.
“A lot of people were doubting me, but I had an awesome support team around me... They’ve always believed in me together, and collectively we’ve all stayed positive and kept pushing. We knew that if we kept putting the work in, I could hold the trophy again”.