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Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Best Player I Haven't Seen--


The only 12s tournaments I've attended were last year's Eddie Herr and Jr. Orange Bowl and Jack Sock wasn't among the entrants. But he just completed the 12s Grand Slam-- winning all four USTA events in singles and doubles, an astonishing achievement. I know they're gearing up for football in his home town of Lincoln Nebraska, but couldn't the Journal Star have done a little better than this?

Sock wins 10th gold ball

Lincoln 12-year-old Jack Sock completed his sweep of this year's four national championships by defeating Emmett Egger of Issaquah, Wash., 6-4, 6-0 in the finals of the USTA 12-and-under Hard Court Tennis Championships in North Little Rock, Ark., Sunday.

Sock also finished off a Grand Slam in doubles as he and his partner Mika De Coster of Coto De Caza, Calif., downed Christian Harrison of New Braunfels, Texas, and Robbie Mudge of Huntersville, N.C., 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals. Sock has won the doubles title in the last six national tournaments he's played.

This was Sock's last tournament in the 12-and-under division. Sock, who now lives and trains at the Wolf Tennis Academy in Overland Park, Kan., turns 13 next month.

8 comments:

tennisace said...

Curious have you seen Raymond Sarmiento, Mousheg Hovhannisyan or Harry Fowler, others in Sock's age group but tend to play up. Would be surprised if Sock had the game to beat any of them.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Evan King, also a '92 and he's pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Ryan Harrison? He is the best '92. He already got a silver ball at 14's Clay Courts and he won a 16's National Open.

Colette Lewis said...

The only one of these mentioned that I've seen is Ryan Harrison. I interviewed him after one of his Easter Bowl wins and was impressed by his tennis brain, which is amazing in its ability to recall every point in a match. He did not have an impressive debut in Kalamazoo this year and I would have liked to have seen him win a 14s national gold ball before playing up. But he certainly is one to watch.

Anonymous said...

I have seen all the above play and there is a very group 91s and 92s. You can add Rhyne Williams to the list who had an impressive Kal 16s this year and of course Chase Buchanan. But who is the best, that will be a moving target until all these boys grow and develop their games. But what is interesting is that there are so few US mens seeds at the Open.

Anonymous said...

Yea, Jack Sock has accoomplished the most meaningless Grand Slam, that of the 12's. He should have moved up a long time ago like the others to challenge his game.

Anonymous said...

time will tell but a slam is a slam. perhaps a lot of the best one's played up and jack has yet to show he can beat the best of them but if all played thier age group it would have been very competitive year for 12s.

Anonymous said...

ya sock must be pretty good to have won all those gold balls.but what about others like augie bloom, jordan cox, evan king, ryan harrison, and raymond sarmiento... they are all very talented 92's