by JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – It all started with a simple text message.
About a month before the Wimbledon Championships, American Jack Sock texted Canadian Vasek Pospisil to see if he would compete with him in doubles.
“I knew him a little bit, but not too well,” Sock said during the draw ceremony for this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. “I’m just very thankful that he decided to play.”
The duo advanced round after round after round, eventually reaching the final, looking over the net at Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the winners of a record 15 Grand Slam titles.
The young guns – Sock is 21, and Pospisil is 24 – upset the legendary twins, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
“We went through a bunch of good teams and then to be able to beat the best team of all time on Centre Court in the final was an unbelievable experience and I’ll cherish it forever,” Sock said.