Just twelve months ago, Jack Sock was surfing on that huge wave he picked up at the end of 2017 when he won Paris Masters and grabbed a chance to play at the ATP Finals, pretty much out of nowhere. With those points, the American had been ranked inside the top-20 until October last year but there was little he could do to add more points to his tally and continue where he left in 2017, winning just nine matches on the Tour in the previous season and finishing outside the top-100.
Ironically, Jack had a stellar season in doubles, winning Indian Wells, Wimbledon, US Open and ATP Finals to put the singles results aside even more, with plans to change that at the beginning of 2019, ready to enter Challengers to improve his singles ranking and get back where he belongs.
The struggling American was beaten in the opening round of the Australian Open, falling to Alex Bolt in four sets to hand the first Grand Slam win to the Aussie and continue his terrible run from 2018 and Melbourne as well, having been beaten in the opening round a year ago as well.
To make things even worse, Jack had to undergo surgery on Monday, repairing torn ligaments in his finger and missing at least the next two months. We are yet to see when Jack will be able to play again although he is certainly missing New York and Delray Beach, withdrawing from both events he planned to compete at and targeting the return date for April or May.
After 90 points he won at Indian Wells and Miami last year, Sock added just 195 before Stockholm and he should return at least into the top-50 if he delivers his best tennis once he hit the court again and find his best tennis.