After one final, wildly wayward forehand return by Jack Sock, the American male population in the United States Open singles bracket was reduced to an all-too-familiar zero. Zilch, once again.
Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Sock, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-2, in the fourth round on Sunday, which left Serena and Venus Williams as the last American players in either singles draw. Time stands still at Flushing Meadows, where the men stumble while the Williams sisters remain the American mainstays.
“The future looks good,” Sock said after the match, speaking of American men’s tennis. “I take pride in being the last one here. I want to keep it going for the U.S. as a whole. Hopefully, I can keep playing in the second weeks.”
Sock, the No. 26 seed, had his moments inside the packed Louis Armstrong Stadium, as he usually does, particularly in the taut third-set tiebreaker when he was down two sets…