WATCH: Jack Sock Receives Standing Ovation From Jam-Packed US Open 2021 Crowd After Stunning Display

Published 09/05/2021, 12:42 AM EDT
Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Jack Sock of the United States (L) fist bumps Alexander Zverev of Germany (R) while leaving the court after being forced to retire due to injury on day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


One of the America’s finest tennis talents, Jack Sock saw a heart-breaking end to his US Open 2021 campaign in the third round. After playing an excellent opening set, he retired in the fourth set against Germany’s Alexander Zverev. Consequently, the fourth seed is now through to the fourth round, where he will meet Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.

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Undeniably, Sock made a stunning comeback on the Tour, especially at the US Open 2021. Not to forget the joy he brought to the home crowd with his 2017 like performances.

Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Jack Sock of the USA hits to Alexander Zverev of Germany on day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium successfully backed their fellow Americans to cause major upsets. For instance, Frances Tiafoe defeating fifth seed Andrey Rublev and Shelby Rogers overcoming top seed Ashleigh Barty.

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Sock receives a standing ovation from New York fans in US Open

Similarly, the New York crowd was readily behind Sock, who took on fourth seed Zverev. With 18 winners and only 3 unforced errors, the American professional even booked the opening set in less than 40 minutes.

Indeed, the entire tennis fraternity got exhilarated looking at Sock hitting wall-cracking forehands. Unfortunately, he pulled his thigh early in the second set and never found his rhythm again.

Although the 28-year-old carried on for the next two sets, he could not make any difference in the battle. Moreover, he allowed Zverev to find his game and take complete advantage of the situation.

In the end, Sock decided that he could not carry on anymore, and so he decided to retire from the match. By default, Zverev won the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-1.

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Few players on the Tour receive utmost respect from almost all fellow competitors; Jack Sock is one of those few. Correspondingly, Alexander Zverev, who also has a brother whose career has been hampered because of injuries, felt for the American.

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Moreover, the 24-year-old German acknowledged the level of tennis Sock brought on Arthur Ashe against him. He rightfully said, “If he would’ve continued playing the way he was, I would be planning my holidays!” 

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Hopefully, it is nothing serious for Sock as fans will want him to return to the court soon. All in all, he did put forward an extraordinary performance throughout his short-lived US Open 2021 campaign. Let’s hope to see him back at the Laver Cup 2021.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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