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10 Things: Jack Sock

Jack Sock earned the biggest win of his career last night in Memphis. Learn more about this rising young American talent.

By Erik Gudris

Jack Sock (February 21st, 2013) -- Jack Sock has one of the best last names for a tennis player. He's also slowly building an impressive resume as he emerges as future hope for U.S. men's tennis. Learn more about him before he faces James Blake tonight in Memphis.

1. Lincoln Lad: Sock was born on September 24th, 1992 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He still calls Lincoln home though he trains often in Las Vegas.

2. High School Hero: Sock earned a perfect 80-0 record during his high school career. He won four consecutive state championships and graduated from Blue Valley North High School in 2011.

3. Junior Success: Sock won 18 USTA National titles as a junior and won his first ITF title in 2009. In 2010, Sock won the USTA Boys' 18s Nationals and that earned him a wildcard berth into the main draw of the U.S. Open. He won the U.S. Open junior title in the same year.
(Source: ATP.com)

4. Pro Debut: Sock turned pro in 2011. He received a wild card into the U.S. Open that year and won his first ATP main draw match against Marc Giquel in four sets. Sock then lost to his idol Andy Roddick in the next round.

5. Grand Slam Champion: At that same U.S. Open, Sock teamed up at the last minute with Melanie Oudin in the mixed doubles event. They went on to beat defending champions Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber before going on to win the title against Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank in a final set super tiebreak. It was the first Grand Slam title for both Oudin and Sock.



6. 2012 U.S. Open: Sock once again found success at Flushing Meadows in 2012. He reached the third round of the main draw with wins over Florian Mayer and Flavio Cipolla before losing a hard fought four set match to Nicolas Almagro.

7. Biggest Win: Sock earned the biggest win of his career against No. 2 seed Milos Raonic at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis. Sock beat Raonic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 to reach the second round.

8. Sock Speaks: “It feels good to get my first singles win of the year,” Sock told ATP.com. “I had an unfortunate ankle roll in Australia so this is big for me to get some confidence and momentum, not only for this week, but the tournaments coming up. To get my career-high win is obviously big for me.”

9. Chipotle Addict: It's safe to say that Chipotle is Sock's favorite place to eat. Sock frequently praises the burritos and often posts pictures of his dining trips there on his Twitter account @JackSock

10. Battle with Blake: Sock will take on James Blake in the next round at Memphis later tonight.

(Photo Credit: Andy Kentla)

 

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