The Laver Cup, which began today in Prague, is like a men’s tennis All-Star game—except good, because the players try. Over three days, some of Europe’s best are pitted against some of the best from everywhere else, on a greyscale court that makes every match look like an expensive cologne ad.
At Wimbledon, the most decorous of all the major tournaments, a squabble over a player’s sweaty towel, flung into the crowd at the end of a match, has the tennis world all worked up.
The net, you’d think, is an unavoidable fact of tennis. As a ball approaches you, there are many interesting decisions you are free to make—where to play it, what kind of spin to apply, how hard to strike—but one decision is already made for you: you have to hit it over the damn net.
American tennis fans should take heart: their 19-year-old prodigy Frances Tiafoe caused the GOAT some woe, at least for a little while. Tiafoe, who is creeping closer to a breakout victory over a top player, took Roger Federer to a first-set tiebreak in their second-round match at the Miami Open before falling 7-6(2),…
Of all the reasons Yoshihito Nishioka’s Indian Wells run to the fourth round felt like the high point of the tournament, the obvious was that he stands just 5-foot-7 in a game of bigs. Even if you knew nothing about the sport, your eyes told you he was an underdog. The 21-year-old came in unheralded with a No. 70…
This hot shot burst out of nowhere during a friendly matchup at the Hopman Cup today in Australia. Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock are good pals, and were visibly having fun in an exhibition match Sock won handily, 6-2, 6-2.
As far as outright winners go, lobs might be the least exhilarating way to terminate a point of tennis. You plop the tennis ball high into the air, way out of your opponent’s reach, and then it falls way back down into the court, hooray. You can respect the lob on a technical level—an especially deft placement, or an…
American Jack Sock tested out a new postmatch tradition today at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. After beating Kevin Anderson, Sock gave one of his used socks to a fan.
Australian Lleyton Hewitt had a little help during his Hopman Cup match at Perth Arena Tuesday from an unexpected source: his opponent, Jack Sock.
American Jack Sock had to retire in the middle of the fourth set against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans at the U.S. Open today. Sock’s legs cramped up, and trainers had to sit him down before he was eventually helped off the court. Bemelmans automatically advanced to the third round, and will play Stan Wawrinka.
Poor Jack Sock. The tennis gladiator named after the bravest piece of laundry in the mid-hamper has succumbed to Nicolás Almagro in the third round of the US Open. Sock's sacking was hardly surprising. After all, Almagro was the tournament's 11-seed. Sock, meanwhile, was unseeded. No shame there.
This morning, Harvey Araton of The New York Times introduced the world to a U.S. Open qualifier named Jack Sock. Here's a passage that apparently posed no problem for any copy editors:
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