Nebraska Nice. That's the new slogan, right?
Well, Lincoln native and pro tennis player Jack Sock may have become the poster boy for the Nebraska Tourism Commission's slogan Tuesday night during a match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.
With Sock up 5-4 in the first game, Lleyton Hewitt was called for a fault on his first serve. As he prepared to take his second serve, Sock stopped him.
“That was in if you want to challenge it,” he said.
Hewitt, at first shocked at the noble move, didn't know how to react. He initially just smiled, then sort of moved off the line and toward mid-court, still seeming a bit unsure of how to react. Sock laughed, then again told Hewitt to "challenge it." He pointed his racket as if to say, "Seriously, I'm not joking."
"Alright," said chair umpire Carlos Ramos, laughing along with the crowd at Perth Arena. He went through the motions, allowing the challenge even though Sock had technically already conceded the point. As the judges cued up the replay, Sock shrugged and laughed some more.
"Good sport, Jack Sock," said one of the broadcasters. "Well, this better be in, or he's going to look like a goose," added her broadcast partner.
Then, when the ball was shown to be in, the crowd went wild.
"Don't you love that," said one of the announcers. "Good on you, Jack."
Sportsmanship at its finest, indeed.
The video, below, is definitely worth watching. For what it's worth, Hewitt went on to defeat Sock 7-5, 6-4: