Jack Sock granted wildcard into Indian Wells Masters
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Former world No. 8 Jack Sock has been granted a wildcard into the Indian Wells Masters, the tournament announced. Sock, 29, is set to make his ninth appearance at the Indian Wells Masters. Sock, now ranked at No. 130 in the world, debuted at the Indian Wells Masters in 2012, when he was beaten in the first round by Santiago Giraldo.
Sock's best Indian Wells result came in 2017, when he made the semifinal before losing to Roger Federer in straight sets. Sock was also granted a wildcard for Indian Wells last year but didn't impress as he was beaten in the first round by John Millman.
Sock will certainly aim a good Indian Wells result
Sock's career went downhill after a breakthrough 2017 season. Recently, Sock's coach, Alex Bogomolov, revealed the former world No. 8 contemplated a retirement 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 told Ubitennis 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." It remains to be seen how far can Sock go in Indian Wells this year.