Former world number 220 Sam Groth will travel to Alice Springs next week to compete at the third annual Alice Springs Tennis International to be held 2 – 9 September 2012.
The talented 24 year old, who unofficially hit the fastest serve (263kph) at a Challenger event in South Korea in May, is sure to make waves on the fast blue courts of Tennis Alice Springs, where he is expected to be the top seed.
” I’ve had a pretty good year so far, I’ve only really played three or four tournaments in Australia so I’m looking forward to playing my first one in a while.” Groth said.
2011 champion Michael Look will also be back to defend his maiden Australian Pro Tour title, which saw him defeat fellow Queenslander Benjamin Mitchell in straight sets in the final.
Joining Groth and Look will be 2011 Junior Wimbledon and 2012 Australian Open Junior champion Luke Saville (544), James Lemke (463) and Matthew Barton (494) plus a group of international players including three of Japan’s top 30 players, Kento Takeuchi, Gengo Kikuchi and Yusuke Watanuki.
A host of junior talent is also set to compete for the USD$15,000 prize purse with AIS Scholarship holders Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington likely to compete.
The NT will have its share of talent in the qualifying draw, with George Shepheard, Matthew Delsar, Nicholas Whyte, Jake Johan and Luke Horsfall all looking to advance to the main draw.
The Alice Springs Tennis International is a FREE event for the public to attend. Qualifying will begin on Sunday 2 September with main draw matches commencing on Tuesday 4 September.