Sifting through the various success stories that came out of this weekend’s Davis Cup itinerary, the tie featuring Uzbekistan and USA was one of the most memorable ones despite its understated appeal. USA won the tie, and resultantly a spot in the World Group, thanks to Jack Sock’s efforts in winning both his singles rubbers, in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
Sock’s performance was remarkable not only because it came in his maiden Davis Cup tie, but also because it definitively superimposed over his enfeebled US Open run. The 23-year old’s campaign at Flushing Meadows was brought to a forced halt during his second round match against Ruben Bemelmans after he collapsed on the court because of the fatiguing heat.
Not only did the retirement hurt Sock and the American crowd, it was also demoralising given the hopes built upon him to go farther in the draw. At that time, speaking in the aftermath of his abrupt end in the tournament, Sock’s words promised a stronger – and better impactful – comeback, at the Davis Cup.
He’d said, “Playing here is the biggest and most important moment of the season for me, so having to retire from my match today is extremely disappointing. I’m feeling better and look forward to playing the Davis Cup.”