A bit of a scary moment at the US Open today when American Jack Sock was forced to retire due to dehydration from his second-round match against Ruben Bemelmans while holding a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 1-2 lead.
“’Playing in the US Open is the biggest and most important moment of the season for me, so having to retire from my match today is extremely disappointing,” Sock said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone for their support and can’t wait to be back next year. I feel better already and look forward to playing Davis Cup.”
Fellow American John Isner was asked about Sock after his win today.
“He’s fine now,” Isner said. “I didn’t speak in-depth with him. I imagine he got an IV. I hope so. Those help a lot when your body is completely cramping. But it’s tough to see. You see it on TV and you’re helpless at that point, completely. He sweats more than anyone I’ve ever seen.
“It’s not a fitness thing. I think that’s a big, big misconception. He’s in very good shape. He can play 50-ball rallies if he wants to. But he sweats a lot. He loses a lot when he’s sweating.
“It’s all about, in my opinion, putting the right things in your body beforehand. He’s in very good shape. It’s not a fitness thing, if people are saying that. His body was at a deficit of whatever it is, sodium, magnesium, potassium. Whatever it is, in these humid conditions, you have to put all that in your body.”
It was a downer in a very good day for the Americans with both Isner and Donald Young moving to the third round.