What’s in the water in Nebraska? First the Husker state produced Roddick, and now Jack Sock.
Jack Sock – a Lincoln, NE native – has won his second straight 18 Boys Junior Singles Championship and is on his way to his second straight US Open main draw. Sock also will compete in the US Open Men’s Doubles draw as a result of winning the Junior Doubles Championship with his partner, and fellow Nebraskan, Jackson Withrow.
I have admittedly not seen Sock play, but from everything I’ve read he sounds like the real deal. Last year he lost in his first round US Open match to Marco Chiudinelli in four sets. Chiudinelli isn’t a household name, but as it turns out he isn’t half bad and is generally considered the third best Swiss player behind Federer and Wawrinka (ok, distantly behind).
So, for a then 17-yr-old Sock to take a set against a decent veteran player in what was undoubtedly the biggest match of his life to that point is a commendable showing.
According to reports, Sock also was privileged to hit with Federer and Djokovic during the Open, and was offered advice from none other than Roddick.
But is Sock the next great American male tennis player?
While John Isner appears to be on the rise and perhaps the most promising American male player currently, Ryan Harrison is getting all of the attention from the American press at the moment. Still, I’m not convinced either can crack the top five. I’m not exactly sure what has become of Sam Querry, but he and Donald Young look to have fallen off the pace and are likely headed towards midling tennis careers – and by midling I mean they will make far more in their brief tennis careers than I will make in my lifetime.
So I suppose what I’m saying is, I sure hope Sock is the next great American male tennis player, because it sure isn’t looking like any of our current crop is going to fill that role.