Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil shocked the tennis world with their dream title run at the All England Club, defeated the Bryan brothers in a great five set final. Nicknames for the Canadian-American pairing have been free-flowing since such as “PopSock” and “VaSocktemy.” They are now in position to qualify for the World Tour Finals in London, as long as they remain in the top 20 in the doubles race. They spoke with the media in Atlanta Tuesday about their experience at Wimbledon and ambitions for the rest of the season.
One of the funnier moments was when Sock and Pospisil changed sides so that Pospisil could sit on the duece side, and Sock on the Ad side, just as they play in doubles. Sock jokingly told the Canadian that “I’ve never looked at you from that side, it was weird.”
PopSocks performance at Wimbledon was certainly unexpected, and they were the first to admit their surprise.
“At the beginning of the tournament obviously we were playing very loose and pretty relaxed. We were having fun out there, and playing some good tennis. Once we got the quarters, semis, we knew we could do something special,” Sock said.
The pairing acknowledged that making the World Tour Finals was something they were excited about, but insisted that they were more focused on their singles performances for the rest of 2014.
“When both of our singles schedules match up we’ll play doubles together, but for now singles is still both of our number one priorities,” Pospisil said.
“It’s a side goal, but still a big goal for us, reaching the year end championships. Doubles is a lot of fun for me, it allows me to relax on the court,” Sock reiterated. Obviously I would like to do well in singles at the slams.”
Patrick McEnroe, general manager of player development for the USTA, echoed Sock’s comments. He said that the doubles success was great to see, but singles is still something that needs a lot of improvement, especially on the men’s side.
“We’re looking to get a lot better. You look at guys like Jack (Sock) and Ryan (Harrison), they’ve been out there a couple years, but they’re still quite young. They still have a lot of upside.”
Sock opens his campaign in Atlanta against Alejandro Gonzalez, while Pospisil will play the winner of Illya Marchenko and John Patrick Smith after receiving a first round bye.