Lincoln native Jack Sock, who grew up in Nebraska, but later moved to the Kansas City area to work on his tennis game, teamed with Canadian Vasek Popisil to win the Men’s Double Tournament at Wimbledon. Sock, graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas in 2011 and won four consecutive Kansas 6A high school titles, going 80-0.
Sock and Popisil entered as a double’s pair just before the tournament started and became the first, first-time team to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Lleyton Hewitt and Max Mirnyi won the 2000 U.S. Open. Sock and Pospisil beat Bob and Mike Bryan from the United States, 15-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champions, in five sets 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Sock and Pospisil defeated three seeded teams before reaching the finals, including a straight-set win in Friday’s semifinals against No. 5 Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, the defending U.S. Open champions.
Sock won the U.S. Open mixed crown in 2011 with Melanie Oudin and becomes the third-youngest in the Open era to win both a men’s and mixed doubles Grand Slam title. Sock and Pospisil will share the $551,000 winner’s prize.