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Sock Impresses Atlanta Hawks' Carroll On Basketball Court

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Sock© Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta OpenJack Sock receives a jersey from Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll.

American Jack Sock took to the streets of Atlanta Station, home of this week's BB&T Atlanta Open, to play basketball with DeMarre Carroll of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

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Sock arrived at the venue 20 minutes early to warm up for the game of H-O-R-S-E, and jumped off to a quick start in the shooting competition. The Wimbledon doubles champion won the first game before the Hawks forward came back to win the second.

"I was in the zone there for a little bit and I think those warm-up shots really helped me," said Sock. "He came out a little cold off the golf cart and that was good for me. Then he started dunking and hitting some long shots and that’s not my territory."

Carroll, who is coming off his best season as a NBA pro, averaging 11.1 points per game for the Hawks in 2013-14, presented the 21 year old with a Hawks jersey and compared Sock’s shooting to teammate Kyle Korver.

"He’s a young Korver," said Carroll. "He was hitting everything so I had to start dunking. I had to use my athletic ability to beat him."

After the hoops session, the duo also played mini-tennis on a nearby court. "He’s pretty athletic," said Sock, who complimented Carroll's overhead and serves. "With a little practise, I think he could be a top player."

Sock, a semi-finalist two weeks ago in Newport, plays Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez in his first-round singles match Tuesday afternoon. He and Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the top seeds in the doubles draw, also feature in the night session, when they confront Gonzalez and partner Juan-Carlos Spir. Sock and Pospisil are teaming up for their second tournament, having won the Wimbledon title on their partnership debut.

The BB&T Atlanta Open is the opening tournament of the five-week Emirates Airline US Open Series, which continues with stops in Washington D.C., Toronto, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem.

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