Sock Wins Back-to-Back 18s Titles
Jack Sock needed just an hour to win his second consecutive boys 18s title with a 6-3, 6-0, win over Mitchell Frank Sunday afternoon. With the win, Sock, the top seed from Lincoln, Neb., earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open later this month. He and Jackson Withrow, Omaha, Neb., also won the doubles Saturday night, which gives them a wild card into main draw doubles at the Open. Before he even made it to the final, Sock had to finish his semifinal match against Marcos Giron (4), Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sunday morning. Sock was leading 7-6(5), 3-2 and serving at 40-30, when the match was stopped because of rain. He needed just 20 minutes to finish the second set, winning, 6-3. “It’s still a match situation, it’s still different than practice,” Sock said of his early morning “practice”. You’re going out having to finish the match, you’re not just going out there and kinda playing loose-hitting balls. “It’s still a pretty stressful situation having to go out there and get that job done before you even make it to a match like (the final). I think with the unexpected weather and the crazy kind of stuff that happened this week, two-out-of three (in the finals) was probably the right thing to do.” Frank was ready to go the full best-of-five. “I felt like I’m in good shape,” he said.” I can go all day. I could go out and play another four sets right now. But he was definitely the better player today. I think he’ll do well at New York. “With a player like him, you’ve gotta be focused the whole time and I kinda lost my focus. In the second, I just couldn’t find the court. He’s too good of a player. If you can’t find the court, he’s going to capitalize on it.” Sock said he was prepared for a battle. “When you play Mitchell, he’s gonna get a lot of balls back,” Sock said. “You’re gonna hit a lot of balls, you’re gonna be scrambling all over the court. Fortunately, things came on my side today. “I was playing pretty well, I was hitting the ball deep and kinda penetrating the court. Mitchell had an awesome week and I’m sure I’ll be seeing him down the road many more times.” Mitchell also received the Dr. Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship Award for Boys’ 18.
Source: USTA Nationals Staff