5 Minutes with Emerging Young Tennis Star: Jack Sock
When I knew Jack, he was ten-years-old, missing a couple teeth, and he was a few inches shy of 5 feet tall. Today, Lincoln native, Jack Sock, is one of the most promising American tennis professionals in the world. At twenty-years-old, he currently stands at 6' 1" and has his own Wikipedia page that contains all his many accomplishments. Amongst those, he wrapped up his high school career by taking home his fourth state title, and recently added a US Open mixed doubles title to his already very impressive résumé.
Erin Bleakley: A lot of kids grew up playing junior tennis. How did you break out from the pack and become a star?
Jack Sock: A lot of hard work and time on the court. Great coaching growing up allowed me to be successful and have confidence going into the pros.
EB: Who is your biggest fan?
: My biggest fan is my team- my family, my agents, my friends, my coach.
EB: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
: You would find Simply Raspberry Lemonade.
EB: Give me a sample of your workout playlist
: Hip Hop- Eminem, Rick Ross, Usher etc..
EB: What would be the title of your Biography?
: Sock and Awe
EB: What has been the coolest (non-tennis related) experience you've had so far since becoming the public Jack Sock?
: Going to an Emmy party in LA and seeing all the people I watch on TV in person and being able to meet them.
EB: Who is someone you'd love to have come watch you play?
: Gabriel Macht who plays Harvey Specter on SUITS.
EB: If you didn't play tennis, what would you be doing right now?
: Trying to play golf for a living.
EB: Who is your mentor or role model?
: Any of the top guys in the world. They do everything so well and are great to model after.
EB: It's election year, without getting political, are you going to vote?
: Possibly. I haven't voted before so I might do it just to do it for the first time.
EB: What's the biggest compliment you've ever received, and from whom?
: An Olympian ping-pong player told me last week that I was really good at ping-pong. That, or the commentators at the US Open saying I have a top 4 forehand in the world.
EB: What is the best piece of advice you have to impart on us?
: Live every day to the fullest, 'cause you can't get back yesterday. Enjoy life.