Jack Sock’s QuotesTennis is my life, obviously, and it’s my career. But it’s not the be-all, end-all. I love doing it. I want to have the most successful career I can. But the people closest to you are the most important. Family over everything.I’m a team guy. Obviously I play an individual sport for a living and as a career, but I’ve always loved being on a team and in a team atmosphere.With doubles, I’ve never really gone out and been like, ‘I really want to win this tournament,’ or, ‘I really want to do well in doubles this week’, Jack Sock quotes.It’s more extra time on the court and to go out there and have fun. And I’ve happened to do well at it. But I’m not playing doubles here, and going forward I probably won’t be playing anymore doubles in slams. I’ll pick and choose the times throughout the year I want to play. I’m definitely a singles guy, and that’s my goal. My focus is to do the best I can in singles.The future looks good.It wasn’t pushed on me by any means, but I happened to find a tennis racquet and got into some clinics when I was younger. I remember watching Andre Agassi’s Bollettieri instructional videos when I was a kid.I think it’s tough on all those guys. On Jack, on Stevie Johnson, on John Isner. We were so blessed in the ‘80s and ‘90s to have all those amazing players, and then Andy and Mardy Fish and James Blake. And now, for the last nine years, you’ve had essentially the same guys at the top. I think all the American guys put a lot of pressure on themselves. People want a next American champion.The future of American men’s tennis looks great; it looks very bright. A lot of people like to talk about American tennis the past few years, so I think this is showing people that we have a lot of good players coming up.I don’t have a doubt that if I wanted to win Grand Slams, I would commit. I’d train two times a day, I’d go to the gym every day, I’d stretch, I’d do rehab, I’d eat right. But I don’t know what I want at the moment.Midwest stereotype isn`t absolutely true about me. For example, I love country music, is that a stereotype? And one stereotype is not true…I don’t live in a cornfield, I don’t drive a truck, and I don’t drive a tractor.If I could have any super power, I would choose an ability to fly. It would just make life a lot easier. Get places fast.When I think I’m not playing great today, something I might usually get upset over, I think back to this guy (my brother Eric) doctors said was one day away from dying. So I think any struggle I think I have on the court is very small compared to actual reality.When you’re out there and you get frustrated missing a ball or whatever it is, you can kind of think he’s been through, almost not making it to a kind of miraculous recovery. It kind of puts things in perspective. Just go out there and enjoy it, and you can play a little more free.You never know if they’ll have water in New York City or not. I’m not sure I have enough, but I guess I could share.Being from Nebraska, and Andy being from Nebraska and being the last American Slam champion. People love to do comparisons there. But you just have to brush it off and keep focusing on what you’re doing, on trying to get better. No matter how well you do, there’s always people that are going to hate or have better expectations.Roger Federer is the ultimate role model. He goes about his business in the most professional way and he’s always nice and very kind to everyone in the locker room. He and I have had a few conversations over the years and spent some time together and he has always been a positive influence.I love to play golf, and then kind of just relax, and hang out with friends and family. I play “FIFA”; I like to play that with my friends. I just try to decompress and relax since I’m always on the road so when I have some downtime I try and make it R & R. A lot of my friends, people I went to high school with, have just graduated from college and a lot of them are back in Kansas City now working full-time, and so it’s nice to have some normalcy a bit, to text them and hang out with them. It’s pretty cool comparing what I’m doing and what they’re doing. It’s definitely refreshing and a nice change of pace when I come back to Kansas City.
I let things go a little bit when the going gets tough on the court. If I double-fault or I miss a shot I don’t think I should miss, instead of getting more upset, I can think back to the tough times that my brother went through or trying to make my grandpa proud.Being an American player, playing at home is fun. It’s pretty surreal, even though I’ve played now for four years and every year it still feels new and fresh and exciting. All the fans come in and it’s a pretty electric atmosphere. And to have all those people behind you and supporting you, for me it’s the best feeling you could ask for.
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