Former world No. 8 Jack Sock has tested positive for COVID-19. Sock was scheduled to play rising Swiss star Dominic Stricker in the Columbus Challenger quarterfinal on Thursday. Sock was tested for COVID-19 just before the start of the match and his result came back as positive.
It was an unfortunate end to Sock's campagn in Columbus as the American was hoping to start his season with a title. Sock edged out fellow American Chris Eubanks in the Columbus first round, before beating Go Soeda to reach the quarterfinal.
"Unfortunately at the mandatory testing in Columbus my result came back positive. Although I'm completely asymptomatic I've begun my 5-day isolation and will be back competing in no time, See y'all soon," Sock said.
Sock contemplated a retirement
Recently, Sock's coach, Alex Bogomolov, revealed the former world No. 8 Sock was on the verge of retiring a few years ago. "Then at the beginning of 2019 he injured his thumb, he couldn't work on his fitness for six months and so when he returned at the end of that year he was overweight and also hurt his back.
He had to restart from the challengers but on a physical level he was not able to play even at that level and when he lost all his points he thought seriously about retiring," Bogomolov said recently. "When we started talking, he had no coach and no plans to return to a high level.
Together with his wife they were looking for accommodation in Charlotte but it was difficult for him to find a coach. I think we were lucky for each other to find us. It is fair to say, however, that when he reached the top 10 he was still quite young and up until that moment he had never had the pressure of having to win at all costs as he never had too many points to defend."