John Millman and Jack Sock Get Involved in a Verbal Quarrel at Indian Wells

Published 10/09/2021, 6:13 AM EDT
John Millman of Australia celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


After a solid performance at Sofia Open, John Millman of Australia has entered into Indian Wells. In the opening round, the Australian upset the experienced Jack Sock of America. The contest lasted almost two and half hours, in which Millman seized the victory in a three-set thriller.

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The match had a controversial ending as both the players were indulged in a verbal altercation. While Sock lost the match, Millman was unimpressed with the behavior of the American. Millman admitted that he hasn’t been enjoying tennis lately and desires to go back home.  However, he has advanced into the next round and will lock horns against Jannik Sinner next.

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John Millman and Jack Sock’s verbal battle

John Millman of Australia faced the American Jack Sock in the first round at Indian Wells. After a marathon contest, Millman overcame Sock in an exciting three-set match. However, after the match, both the players got involved in a verbal quarrel. Millman, who received a wild card at Indian Wells was unhappy with the behavior of Jack Sock.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Jack Sock of the U.S. during his second round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Charles Platiau

When it was time to shake hands, Jack said, “I didn’t look at you, I smiled at you.” To this, John replied, “You said, ‘[unintelligible].  Jack continued, “No I didn’t!” John finally said, “Yeah you did, mate. And then you proceeded to tell me…[unintelligable]… But yeah, it’s my fault!”

Millman confessed in the post-match interview that he isn’t enjoying tennis as much as he should be. He went on to say that he wants to return home since it has been a difficult year for him.

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Millman to face Sofia Open winner, Jannik Sinner

John Millman surpassed Jack Sock in the first round of Indian Wells. For his next round, he’ll be up against Jannik Sinner of Italy. Just ahead of Indian Wells, Sinner claimed her title at Sofia Open, defeating the Frenchman Gael Monfils in the finals. He would definitely be boosted after registering another title at Sofia Open.

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after match point against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

This will be a fascinating contest to witness as Millman looks in decent form while Sinner thrashed every opponent at Sofia Open.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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