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Young U.S. Star Socks 22nd-Seeded Mayer

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When we last saw Jack Sock at the United States Open, a year ago September, he was holding a trophy over his head and — not yet 19 and a newly declared professional — being hailed a Grand Slam champion. Granted, as major titles go, mixed doubles (with Melanie Oudin) was akin to a serving of cheese and crackers, with the steak, or singles title, still lodged in the freezer.

But as Sock had the previous year also won the junior boys title in Flushing Meadows and, with legend holding that he had never lost a high school match, it was natural — at least hopeful — to think he might...

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