Former world No. 8 Jack Sock couldn't hide his happiness after winning the Newport doubles title alongside William Blumberg. Sock and Blumberg, who received a wildcard into Newport, beat Austin Krajicek and Vasek Pospisil 6-2 7-6 (3) in the Newport final.
Sock, who is now ranked at No. 231 in the in the singles, made the Newport quarterfinal in the singles event. ”It means a lot,” Sock said, per the ATP website. “It has been an unfortunate two years, 2019 with the thumb surgery and then with Covid hitting, it has been an interesting couple of years.
A lot of time to reflect and regroup. I feel better physically and mentally and am very excited to be back on tour, winning matches. "My confidence is high right now. Not many people believed in me a couple of years ago. Hopefully it is just the beginning of the second half of my career."
Blumberg enjoyed playing with Sock
Blumberg and Sock were playing together for the first time and they made it all the way in Newport. “It is an honour to play with Jack and in front of my family, so that especially was just awesome.
On top of that, to get a win, it has just been a great week," Blumberg said. Elsewhere, Tim Puetz and Michael Venus beat Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 6-3 6-7 (3) 10-8 in the Hamburg doubles final. Puetz and Venus blew a 5-1 lead in the second set but they regrouped in the third set to claim the Hamburg title.
“Thanks to the tournament, it is a great event and I love coming back here,” Venus said. “Thanks to Tim for playing with me. It was a tough one [today], you came back at us and made us not feel so good at the end there”.
Puetz added: “It was only our third tournament together, thank you for hitting that ace there in the tie-break Michael! I am enjoying our time together and I hope for many more”.