TALKING WITH... JACK SOCK
September, 2008 continued
Q: Let's just start with a quick synopsis of what happened between the 12s and the
A: "I had a great year in 2005, and toward the end of that
year, I got a stress fracture in my left foot on the top
in the metatarsal bone and it kept me out for 4-6 months. I casted it and let it
heal. I didn't have to do physical therapy. And I came back thinking I was good
to go. I played a tournament and got a stress fracture in the foot in a different spot.
This time around -- when I had casted it my leg got kind of weak -- I went into a
boot and I stayed off of it and was on crutches, which was a much smarter decision,
and let it heal on its own. Then, when I thought I felt good I would go out and hit
for 10-15 minutes, standing in one spot, to try to get the grove."
Q: So how long was it before you felt you were really ready to play?
A: "Three to four months, again. I was out for almost a whole year. I did a different thing the
second time. I started going slow into it and it was a lot better."
Q: Do you know you are still referred to as "a legend" for what you did in the 12s. Did
you realize at the time what an accomplishment it was?
A: "Not really. I was just focused on every match. I felt great just winning a lot of
gold balls. I kind of after I realized it when everyone started saying 'that's amazing,'
'nice job,' 'that's incredible.' "
Q: Have you spoken to Al Parker, the only other one besides you to do that?
A: "I have not. I'll have to talk to him."