Jack Sock Announced Retirement Before His Final Matches in the US Open 2023: A Tribute to His Memorable Career
Before the US Open, Jack Sock had already announced his retirement from tennis in hopes of pursuing a career in Pickleball. However, after receiving a double wildcard to play in the men’s double and mixed doubles, Jack Sock had one last opportunity to bid goodbye to his hometown faithful. Unfortunately for him, his two matches with John Isner and Coco Gauff ended with losses in the first round. Even so, the outings were not about him winning. It was all about having the court to himself and bidding farewell to the sport he loved the most.
Jack Sock’s Career Accolades
While Jack Sock may not be the most successful player on tour, his career accolades are still nothing to be scoffed at. For instance, he has won three Grand Slam doubles titles in Wimbledon 2014, Wimbledon 2018 and US Open 2018, respectively.
Moreover, he has won one Grand Slam mixed doubles title in the US Open in 2011 with Melanie Oudin and the Olympic mixed double gold with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2016. Furthermore, he also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in singles and No. 2 in doubles.
Although this achievement is not as glamorous as someone like Roger Federer, he will always have something over the Swiss maestro. Cue the most infamous clip of the decade of Roger getting distracted by Sock’s eye-catching bottom.
Jack Sock’s Official Statement: “I Hope I Made the 8-Year-Old Me Proud.”
Just a week ago today, Jack Sock announced his retirement on Instagram and Twitter, where he stated: “To the 8-year-old boy who immediately fell in love with the sport of tennis, I hope I made you proud. It has been 14 years of memories I will never forget. From winning four Grand Slams, Olympic Gold and Bronze, top 10 rankings in singles and doubles and competing on the Davis Cup and Laver Cup teams, it has been beyond what I could have ever dreamed.”
Jack also went on in the message thanking his wife, family, friends, coach and fans for their support throughout his career. “Eric, you pushed me on the court day in and day out since we were kids and have been in my corner throughout every step of this journey. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I have had the pleasure of working with many people over the years on the ATP Tour, but I would not be the player I am today without the help of Mike Wolf.”
“Coach – thank you for all the hours and dedication you have put in since my first lesson at the age of 10! To all of my coaches, physios, sponsors and fans along the way – Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!! I wish I could thank each of you individually, but you know who you are, and I am eternally grateful.”
Lastly, Jack Sock caps off his statement: “I have had the privilege of competing in Flushing Meadows since I was seventeen, and this year’s US Open will be the final event of my career. I look forward to creating memories in front of the best fans in the world one last time!”
John Isner Also Announced His Retirement: “I Just Want to Be Remembered Most Importantly by My Colleagues.”
Jack Sock was not the only American to announce his retirement, as his doubles partner, John Isner, also announced his retirement from the sport after losing a dramatic five-setter against his compatriot, Michael Mmoh. After the devastating loss, Isner failed to hold back his emotions in the post-match interview.
When asked about his legacy, Isner replied: “I am not sure what my legacy is. I just want to be remembered most importantly by my colleagues, as a guy who’s pretty easy to get along with off-court. I think I have had great relationships with the guys before me, my contemporaries, and the young guys. I am always gonna be in their corner when I am long gone. I just want my legacy to be someone that was pretty affable and easy to get along with.”
John, it is safe to say you are one of the most likeable people on tour, only when you are not serving against your opponents. We are sure your fellow colleagues can testify to that. Thus, on behalf of us at Winions Game, we wish you, the best server in tennis history and Jack Sock, happy retirement and the best of luck in your future endeavours.