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What Young Singles Players Can Learn From the Jack Sock-Vasek Pospisil Team

August 19, 2014

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Yes, it’s a Doubles Alley post! Full disclaimer here, though: I wrote this a few weeks ago for a site I contribute to, but they were running a Pospisil story that week and couldn’t use it. So I thought, “Hey, I can put it here!” Especially after their record-setting run in Cincy. Here it is as it was written then:

Pospisil and Sock Doubles Success Should Inspire Younger Players

By Van Sias

For the past couple of years, American Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil of Canada have found themselves firmly entrenched among the category of “up-and-coming players.”

Now, it’s beginning to look like a different adjective can be ascribed to them:

“Arrived.”

After shocking the tennis world with their doubles win at Wimbledon—where they beat the top two teams in the world en route to the title—Sock and Pospisil have both been on a tear in singles.

It’s readily apparent what that Grand Slam win did for their confidence. And any young player looking to make gains with their singles game should look to those two for inspiration.

Sock made back-to-back singles semifinals in his first two tournaments after Wimbledon in Newport, R.I., and Atlanta, Ga. Pospisil made consecutive quarterfinals in Bogota, Colombia; Atlanta; and this week’s tournament in Washington, D.C., where he defeated top-five player Tomas Berdych.

The pair also picked up another title by winning the doubles in Atlanta.

That’s not a bad stretch of tennis by anyone’s standards on the ATP World Tour.

Many players focusing on their singles careers often look to doubles as a chance to hit a few extra balls in a competitive setting, which, when faced with their difficult draw at Wimbledon, was surely the mindset of Sock and Pospisil.

But there’s much more to doubles than that: It caters to more aggressive play, particularly when it comes to attacking and advancing to the net, and also forces one to look at all angles and facets of the court. Those are attributes that all younger players could work on improving as they attempt to climb the rankings.

It appears to be working out well for Sock and Pospisil, both at or near their career-high singles rankings and currently playing some of their best tennis at pros.

And to think, the upswing started on a doubles court at the SW19.

(Photo: AP)

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