BV North graduate Jack Sock wins bronze medal in Olympic men’s doubles tennis tournament

Staff and News Service reports

Jack Sock (above) and Steve Johnson won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in men’s doubles.
Jack Sock (above) and Steve Johnson won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in men’s doubles. The Associated Press

Jack Sock will bring home a bronze medal from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sock and partner Steve Johnson beat Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-4 in men’s doubles on Friday.

Sock, who played in high school at Blue Valley North, is competing in the Olympics for the first time.

The Americans easily won the first set, but the second set proved to be more challenging. The lead changed several times early in the set, but after the sixth game the U.S. began to pull away.

Twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won gold at the London 2012 Games and bronze in Beijing in 2008, making this the third consecutive Olympic Games that the U.S. has won a medal in men’s doubles.

This is Sock's biggest doubles title since he and Pospisil won Wimbledon in 2014. Sock also won the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship in 2011.

Sock said it was a little strange playing against Pospisil.

“It would have been fun experience if this match had been for gold and silver,” he said. “Obviously it’s weird, it’s a little different when you play with a guy for two, 2  1/2 years straight, and now you’re on the other side of the net. But it probably won’t be the last time.

“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t both maybe medal and finish the week strong.”

Sock is also alive for a medal in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

They faced Brazilians Teliana Pereira and Marcelo Melo on Friday night in the quarterfinals.