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January 28, 2012

Jack "Atomic" Sock

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Jack Sock at the 2012 Honolulu USTA $50,000 Challenger.

Jack Sock (born September 24, 1992) is an American tennis player. The men's junior US Open champion in 2010, he is best known for winning the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin.

Junior Career

Sock played his first ITF junior tournament in October 2008, aged 16, at the Pan American Championships.. In the 2009 US Open, his third junior tournament, he reached the semifinals of the junior doubles with Matthew Kandath, and the third round of the junior singles.

Sock played relatively infrequently on the junior circuit, however, entering just two further tournaments: the Dunlop Orange Bowl in 2009 and the junior singles at the 2010 U.S. Open.[2] At this tournament, he received a wildcard entry, but proceeded to the final. There, he defeated fellow American Denis Kudla, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to become the first American winner of the junior championships since Andy Roddick in 2000.[3] He won the Boy's Junior National Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011, earning a wildcard in both years for the main draw of the US Open.

Sock graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas on May 22, 2011. He was 80-0 in his Kansas 6A High School Tennis career, winning 4 consecutive state championships.