Just over a year and a half ago, Jack Sock stood at the top the tennis world, winning 2017 Paris Masters and earning a chance to play at the ATP Finals, pretty much out of nowhere. The American was safe in the top-20 throughout 2018 with those points although there was little he could do to add more fuel to his tally and continue where he left in 2017, winning just nine out of 31 matches on the Tour and finishing outside the top-100 for the first time since 2013!
Ironically, Jack had a stellar season in doubles, winning Indian Wells, Wimbledon, the US Open and the ATP Finals, hoping to find the winning path in singles again in 2019, opening the season with a wild card at the Australian Open.
The struggling American lost to Alex Bolt in four sets to hand the first Grand Slam win to the Aussie and continue his terrible run from 2018. To make things worse, Jack had to undergo surgery at the beginning of February, repairing torn ligaments in his finger and missing all the action in the last five months.
After being sidelined from New York, Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and the entire clay season, Sock planned to make a return at Baptist Health Little Rock Open in the second week of Roland Garros on hard court, in what would have been his first Challenger since Savannah 2014 when he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the title match.
Nonetheless, Jack had to delay the comeback and he is now ready to play again at Atlanta Open in three weeks, joining John Isner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe and Reilly Opelka. Sock is currently ranked 173rd, holding the worst position since October 2012 and looking to improve that by the end of the season and make a fresh start in 2020.
The 26-year-old American has won four ATP titles, three of those in 2017, his by far the most prominent year after turning pro.