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Can Jack Sock Make It Back to the Top of the Game?

Remember Jack Sock? If not, you’re not alone! Sock rose as high as number 8 in the world back in 2017. But at the time of writing, this 29-year-old American is barely inside the world’s top 150. Many people still wonder how his fall from grace actually occurred. And this is something that I completely understand. Sock was playing incredible tennis back in 2017. However, he started to lose singles matches at an alarming rate.

Jack Sock

At the same time, he didn’t enjoy massive success in doubles. In fact, he managed to climb as high as number 2 in the world! This is obviously a tremendous feat. But coming back to his singles game now, is it really possible for Sock to make it back to where he has previously been? Well, let’s find out.

Sock’s Chances of a Surge in the Rankings

I’ve chosen to focus on Sock now because there are signs that the tide is turning. Let’s be honest – he is a very talented player. He has a great serve, an incredible forehand, and his net game is fantastic. Beyond this, here is why I believe that Sock can get back up there:

Recent Results

It’s obviously been quite a bumpy ride for Jack Sock since 2017. However, looking at the start of his 2022 season, things are looking up. In the ATP Dallas event last week, Sock managed to grab his first ATP win of the season. This came against Oscar Otte, but he then lost to Taylor Fritz in the next round. And just yesterday, Sock managed to grab a win against Daniel Altmaier in round one of the Delray Beach tournament. He won this in three sets, which will boost his confidence massively.

Recovery From Injury

It’s no great secret that Jack Sock has had his fair share of injuries over the last few years. Although none of them have been significant, they have come frequently enough to halt any real momentum. In fact, Sock has still been struggling with niggling injuries at the Challenger level. He was forced to retire from a Challenger event already this year. But having watched the way he was playing in Dallas and in Delray Beach, he looks fit and healthy to me. 

He was moving well, striking the ball ferociously, and there was nothing obvious hindering his game.

Fundamental Game Style

This is one of the main reasons that I still have a lot of faith in Jack Sock. Of course, if he has been able to break into the top 10 once, he can do it again. Back then, he played aggressive tennis, but he did so successfully. He chose the right time to attack and he utilized his forehand to great effect to win many big matches. Since he also has a big serve and a decent backhand, I see no reason for him not to climb the rankings again.

It will all come down to confidence and whether he can get on a roll. But for me, I’ll be watching this space closely!

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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