It’s going to be a long, hard road for Jack Sock if he wants to rejoin the world’s Top 10. On Monday, the former world No. 8 will drop out of the ATP ranking system entirely. Aside from his Laver Cup victory over Fabio Fognini, Sock has yet to win a singles match in his injury-plagued 2019 season.
Sock turned pro in 2010 and very quickly rose to the top of the men’s game. He experienced immediate Grand Slam success in mixed doubles, winning the US Open title with Melanie Oudin in 2011. Sock won the 2014 Wimbledon Championships with Vasek Pospisil, and partnered with Mike Bryan to win the 2018 Wimbledon and US Opens. He's also a two-time Olympic medalist, winning the gold in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He reached his career high No. 8 singles ranking after a sensational end-of-season run in 2017, winning the Rolex Paris Masters and making a semifinal appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Those are the points that will push him out of the rankings after going 0-7 in ATP action (including Challengers).
Sock was one of, if not the, most accomplished American junior tennis players in recent history. Throughout his junior career, he won a staggering 23 gold balls—the “trophy” for winning a USTA Level 1 National Championship. Sock went a perfect 80-0 playing high-school tennis, leading his team to four consecutive state titles.
For the most part, Sock experienced nothing but success throughout his entire life. This is undoubtedly the most adversity Sock’s tennis has faced. Despite the grim outlook, Sock remains confident that he will return to the top of the game, where he clearly belongs.
Sock spoke to Baseline at this month’s Fairfield, Calif. challenger where he discussed his 2020 plans and ongoing recovery.
He withdrew from injury at last week’s Las Vegas Challenger and this week’s Charlottesville Challenger, but is meant to play Davis Cup in Madrid. Sock is currently ranked No. 37 in the world in doubles.