Tennis

Jack Sock Talks Olympics (includes a ‘Team USA’ Men’s Tennis Viewing Guide)

World number one, Novak Djokovic, isn’t the only tennis player seeking his first singles gold in Rio next week. The United States is sending five of its own top tennis players, each hoping to come home with a medal. The U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team includes (above, left to right) Rajeev Ram, Brian Baker, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla and Steve Johnson. They are all first-time Olympians.

There will be 64 players in the singles draw and 32 teams each in the doubles draw.

The players will not receive WTA or ATP rankings points, or prize money, for participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The men’s tennis full schedule is here:

Men’s Singles First Round
Aug. 6th, 9:45 a.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles First Round
Aug. 6th, 1:45 p.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Second Round
Aug. 8th, 9:45 a.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles Second Round
Aug. 8th, 1:45 p.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles Quarterfinals
Aug. 9th, 1:45 p.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Third Round
Aug. 10th, 9:45 a.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles Semifinals
Aug. 10th, 5:45 p.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Quarterfinals
Aug. 11th, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Semifinals
Aug. 12th, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles Finals
Aug. 12th, 4:20 p.m. EDT

Men’s Doubles Victory Ceremony
Aug. 12th, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Finals
Aug. 14th, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Men’s Singles Victory Ceremony
Aug. 14th, 1:00 p.m. EDT

The Gold medal dates:

Friday, August 12: Men’s doubles

Sunday, August 14: Men’s singles

 

A reminder—NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event of the Rio Games. Television’s BRAVO network will also be airing tennis events.

 

The Seedings Breakdown:

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Andy Murray
  3. Rafael Nadal
  4. Kei Nishikori
  5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  6. Gael Monfils
  7. David Ferrer
  8. David Goffin
  9. Marin Cilic
  10. Roberto Bautista Agut
  11. Pablo Cuevas
  12. Steve Johnson
  13. Philipp Kohlschreiber
  14. Jack Sock
  15. Gilles Simon
  16. Benoit Paire
American Jack Sock trying on his Opening Ceremony outfit

American Jack Sock trying on his Opening Ceremony outfit

A few words with Jack Sock, who will play in both singles and doubles, as he heads  to the Rio Olympics…

Greg Victor: When you were a kid, did you ever picture yourself someday representing the U.S.A. at the Olympic Games?

Jack Sock: Possibly, when I was watching it. When I watched it growing up, I dreamed of going one day. I wasn’t sure at the time if I could ever accomplish that, but the better I did at tennis, the more realistic the dream became. Obviously, a big goal for me this year was to make the team.

GV: Did you have a favorite event that you liked to watch?

JS: I loved watching tennis. I started playing when I was eight, and I remember watching the Olympics when I was very young. I also always enjoyed watching track and field.

GV: Are there any particular Olympic athletes that you remember watching?

JS: I remember watching Andre (Agassi) play… and James (Blake) play.

GV: What do you hope the atmosphere will be like in Rio?

JS: I’m excited. I hope to meet as many other athletes as I can. That will be the most exciting part for me. The first people I want to meet are probably the golfers. Outside of tennis, golf’s my favorite sport, so I’m excited about meeting them. Other than that, I’ll probably just stay in the Olympic Village and mingle with everyone and make a bunch of new friends. And I’ll be watching a bunch of other events when I can. It should be a lot of fun.

GV: (turning the volume up on the “Olympic Theme”)

What does it feel like when you hear this music?

JS: (laughing) That’ll be Friday night. Kind of a dream come true, to represent my country in the Mecca of all sports. I mean, it’s the biggest stage possible for all sports, so it will definitely be exciting. It’s something I would never miss.”

American Olympian Jack Sock tries on his 'Podium Outfit'

American Olympian Jack Sock tries on his ‘Podium Outfit’

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