06:54 PM GMT November 14, 2017
On the morning of Jack Sock's first Nitto ATP Finals win, the American was standing outside his hotel at 4 a.m., waiting with Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem to go back to bed.
Early Tuesday morning, the fire alarm went off in Sock's hotel. It was not a test, and the alarm felt like it was in Sock's room, he said.
“It was probably one of the most annoying noises I've ever heard in my entire life. We're on the second floor of the hotel. I guess whatever happened in the hotel was on the second floor.
“From what the workers at the hotel said, the location of your room is how loud the alarm is. We are right there, kind of right in the center of it. It literally sounded like the intercom I thought was in our room. Super loud, super annoying. It went on for a while,” Sock said.
“At first I didn't know if it was a test or whatever. Then I realised it was 4 a.m., so I hoped it wasn't just a test from the hotel. I went outside, saw Rafa, saw Dominic. Everyone was all bundled up, freezing cold, just wanting to get back inside. It was pretty miserable, to be honest.”
The early wake-up call didn't bother him too much. Sock improved to 1-1 in Group Boris Becker on Tuesday afternoon by beating fifth seed Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4).
“Everyone obviously put on clothes. It was pretty cold outside. Some more than others. I stayed in the room for a while, which obviously probably isn't the smartest thing to do, if there had been a real scare.
“Not even sure what the exact reason why the alarm went off. But it was unbearable to stay in the room, it was that loud and annoying. That's more the reason why we left. My girlfriend and I left and went outside. We saw everyone outside,” he said.
“The process, I probably waited in the room for five, seven minutes, then probably outside for another five or seven. The whole thing was probably 15 minutes of freezing, miserableness.”