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Eight years after first final, Jack Sock wins USTA Pro Circuit event in Savannah

Victoria Chiesa | May 02, 2022

Let's flash back to 2014: 21-year-old Jack Sock led Nick Kyrgios in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit event in Savannah, Ga. in a battle between two future Top 20 players, only to see the Australian come back to win the match and the title. 

 

Last week, Sock finished what he started eight years ago: The former Top 10 player, now 29, sealed his sixth career USTA Pro Circuit title in Savannah with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Christian Harrison in Sunday's final, his first clay-court singles title at any level in seven years.

 

"When you're younger, you take a lot of stuff for granted," Sock said, speaking to USTA Pro Circuit broadcaster Mike Caiton after his victory.

"Now, things are a lot different for me ... I'm able to calm down and soak in a lot of moments on court, compared to where I was even two years ago when I wasn't sure I would keep playing.

 

"My goal at this point in my career is to not be playing Challengers, but this is a great step. You're playing these to win them and advance to the next stage [on the ATP Tour]. It's a positive step in the right direction and I take it day-by-day and keep going."

 

After winning long three-setters in both the first round and quarterfinals, Sock found his best form in winning the title; he lost just 11 games in the last two rounds against compatriots Bjon Fratangelo and Harrison. Sock's title-winning run was the latest chapter in his recent resurgence; the former world No. 8 fell off the ATP rankings following a 2018 season where he went 9-22 and a 2019 where he missed months as a result of surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb, but returned to the Top 150 last year and was nominated for the ATP's Comeback Player of the Year award.

 

Now, he's on the cusp of coming back to the Top 100: Sock's victory in Savannah puts him at world No. 123. His victory also earned him a second-place finish in the USTA's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge, and should winner Michael Mmoh be unable to compete in Paris, Sock will earn the U.S. reciprocal wild card to the year's second Grand Slam. 

 

"It's all about keeping the right perspective, honestly. These tournaments are super exciting when you're young and just turned pro. Playing in Challengers feels awesome and you're out here trying to work your way to the ATP Tour. And then you get there and you're doing well for a bunch of years, as I was, but to come back to Challengers is a bit different," he said. 

 

"I know what it takes and I know what it looks like to get back there. For me, I honestly don't care if it's a Challenger, a Masters 1000 or a Slam, I feel like if I can get through the first round or two, my level always rises. It always has."

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