Former world No. 8 Jack Sock is happy to see his good friend Nick Kyrgios again.
Sock and Kyrgios, who have a good relationship with each other, received a doubles wild card into this week’s Atlanta Open.
Sock and Kyrgios have had success together in the past, winning Lyon in 2018.
“We’ve played together a bunch before and we’re close friends,” Sock told the ATP website. “I actually haven’t seen him in about 18 months since the pandemic hit. We actually all had dinner in Indian Wells right before they announced the whole Tour – and the whole world, really – was shutting down. We all had dinner there, and then we all flew to our separate homes the next day. That was the last time we saw each other.
“But I knew he was playing here, and this was the first tournament that we actually played together since that time. I figured we’d lace them up and see what happens.”
Sock aims a successful comeback
Sock, now ranked at No. 201 in the world, is hoping to get back to his old form.
“We sat down after I came back from my thumb surgery, and then obviously with COVID-19 we definitely sat down – [my coach, Alex Bogomolov], my wife, everyone – and said, if we’re going to do this then the goal is to be competing to win tournaments and be one of the best players in the world,” Sock said. “If not, if that doesn’t happen, then I’ve done a lot in the sport and I’m proud of it. But there’s not much point in wasting time if you’re not ready to go after it again.
“My goal is definitely to do everything in my power to be the best I can in singles again, and then see what happens… I’m excited to show everybody where I’m at and that I’m back and ready to go.”